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March 26, 2007

Before Any One Sends it to Me Again

Yes, I've seen the article about the sheep with 15% human genes. Yes, it's been sent to me a couple dozen times now. No, you don't need to send it to me again. Thanks for thinking of me, however.

Posted by john at March 26, 2007 08:17 AM

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Tim Weaver | March 26, 2007 08:42 AM

Hey John,
have you heard the one about the sheep in human genes... LOL. I'd send you a link, but looks like you might have already gotten it.

Gwenda | March 26, 2007 08:55 AM

I find it kind of disturbing that there is now a legitimate word association between sheep and Scalzi...

John Scalzi | March 26, 2007 08:56 AM

Wait until the next book, Gwenda.

Shawn Powers | March 26, 2007 10:26 AM

Association with sheep versus association with bacon-taping. Tough call as to which is better.

At least there is some association with you as a writer as well... :)

Andrew L | March 26, 2007 11:15 AM

Scalzi! Taping bacon to a sheep! With human genes! During his SFWA inaugural speech!

That's what kids these days call "teh win".

Kate | March 26, 2007 11:25 AM

My friend sent me the article this morning musing,

"Didn't I just finish reading a book that resembled this?"

I got wicked excited (can you tell I'm from NE)and I typed up this really awesome email to send to you, and then I asked him where he got it.

"Drudge report."

"Oh, well crap." I said as I erased said email after going to the Whatever to find you had already been inundated.


Jeremiah | March 26, 2007 12:00 PM


da kine | March 26, 2007 12:26 PM

Those schmucks did it backward. It should have been 15% sheep genes in a human. Whatever: it wasn't even electric blue.

Jon R | March 26, 2007 12:27 PM

LOL. Too much... Scalzi the prophet. When Sci-Fi fiction bleeds into reality, you’ve arrived. Kudos for you.

Andrew Lambdin-Abraham | March 26, 2007 12:39 PM

Doesn't everybody know? You velcro bacon to sheep.

Bill | March 26, 2007 01:04 PM

I'm waiting for a liver and I'm excited about this technology- it might save my life. And no, if I do get an organ so I am part sheep you can't wrap me in bacon. However, I wouldn't mind having [plot spoilers deleted -- JS].

John Scalzi | March 26, 2007 01:08 PM

Gaaah! Bill! Watch the plot spoilers!

Patrick | March 26, 2007 02:34 PM

Did you see the article that Harlequin is looking for real men?

This is something SFWA should be looking into - Supplying real men to Harlequin!

Errol | March 26, 2007 03:36 PM

You've heard about the Black Sheep movie, right?


It opens in NZ this week.

Jon | March 26, 2007 07:18 PM

As if the title and plot (?) weren't enough, the review says it is full of fart jokes! Sounds like a must-see for readers of this blog.

Riccardo | March 26, 2007 08:14 PM

da kine:

"Those schmucks did it backward. It should have been 15% sheep genes in a human"

Most humans already appear to have way above 15% sheep genes (see quite a few recent elections, for details), so your version of the experiment would be redundant.

Scott | March 27, 2007 01:57 AM

For What it's Worth, that's a sheep with 15% human CELLS, not Human Genes.

Sheep probably share 75% of their genes with us anyway, doing stupid crap like "having mitochondria" and "this is how a stomach works."

I read YOUR headline and thought, "whoah, that's so not news." So I had to follow the link to figure out what went wrong.

SO, when I said "for what it's worth" up there, it turns out... not very much!

MWT | March 27, 2007 04:49 AM

I find it irritating that it says "15% human cells and 85% animal cells." Must be the biologist in me that has to twitch at the implication that humans aren't also animals.

Sounds like promising research they have going though. Soon you'll be able to have a whole flock of Scalzi clone sheep!

Diana | March 27, 2007 05:11 PM

Ooh, pigoons.

Or, um, sheepoons?

Lugo | March 28, 2007 09:17 AM

In further sheep-related news...


Man keeps 80 sheep in his house, authorities say
North Carolina man lives upstairs, sheep downstairs, sheriff says

• Animals' living conditions deplorable, authorities say
• About 30 animals found to be in ill health are euthanized
• Sheep were eating plastic flower arrangements from cemetery

Greg Lescoe | March 29, 2007 11:17 AM

Fifteen percent...

Doesn't that fall under "fair use" guidelines?

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