Thursday, November 1, 2007

Little Red Genetic Hood


Once upon a time there was a little girl named Little Red Genetic Hood who lived on the edge of a large forest full of endangered male of the species and the rare parthenogenesis.

"Red Genetic Hood lived with a nurture giver whom she sometimes referred to as 'mother', although she didn't mean to imply by this term that she would have thought less of the person if a close biological link did not in fact exist."

On her way to her great-great-great-grandmother's house, the one who had had a brief encounter with some stray DNA, she ran into the Big Bad Ethics Wolf. The Wolf lived in Hill Country, a community deep in the forest. He was on his way to the Carnival to stop the proliferation of DNA testing and return the forest to those days of yesteryear, when love triumphed over all.

Red was recognized by the Wolf as the product of an obsolete sperm donor, the antithesis of all he found wrong with the proliferation of unchecked unfettered genea-genetics.

"Where are you going and what do you have in that basket?" asked the Wolf.

"Why, it's a Maternal Lineage DNA test from Ancestry.com. I'm taking it to my great-great-great-grandmother's house to see what I can find," said Red.

"DNA, Mendelian genetics, mtDNA, nuclear DNA, parthenogenesis, genea-genetics, XX phenotypes, bioethics," the Wolf snarled at Red.

"Oh my, what big words you use," said Little Red Genetic Hood to the Wolf.

"All the better to put the genie back in the bottle," he replied. "Skip Grandma Red, I'm off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of DNA. He's at the Carnival. Perhaps if we go together he can settle all the questions about DNA and Genetic Genealogy that have come out of the forest."

So the Big Bad Ethics Wolf and Little Red Genetic Hood headed hand in hand into the uncharted path of just because you can doesn't always mean you should. See them at the Carnival!

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7 Comments:

Blogger Terry Thornton said...

Maven, You are a hoot! ROTFLOL!

TERRY

November 1, 2007 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger The footnoteMaven said...

Terry:

Again, a friend of mine gave me some great material.

fM

November 1, 2007 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Jasia said...

Bravo fM! Very well done! What a genius you are!!!

November 2, 2007 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger The footnoteMaven said...

Jasia:

My daughter, who on occassion reads my blog (talk about lack of loyalty), called her father and told him she thought I was a real wit.

Her father responded, "You're only half right."

So, thanks for the genius part, I'm going to email it to him.

fM

November 2, 2007 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Lori Thornton said...

What a great post! It will be an interesting carnival!

November 3, 2007 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Chery said...

I'm speechless! I've always heard that the Brothers Grimm collection of folk stories are full of hidden meaning, and now I'm a firm believer.

November 5, 2007 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Bill West said...

This is great,fM!
Thanks for the laughs it brought me.

November 5, 2007 at 10:16 PM  

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