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Hello To My New-Found Family

Scientists looking across human, fly and worm genomes find shared biology

According to a report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

“Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that these species have a number of key genomic processes in common, reflecting their shared ancestry.”

Lately, I started wondering why, as I progress with this aging thing (it’s just my body, not my mind!), I’ve been noticing changes.

Have you ever paid attention to how fastidious a fly can be?  (Not that we usually sit and watch a fly – we look around for a fly swatter, and hope the fly hasn’t flown away in the meantime and, if it’s still there, hesitate to smash it into our food.)

fly 3

When it isn’t buzzing around, looking for some crumbs to steal off your bread that you have meticulously slathered with butter, it always takes the time to give itself a fantastic grooming, starting with its legs and then carefully rubbing its wings.  Is that why I am progressing in my OCD?  I seem to be spending more time cleaning and grooming than I used to.  Also, like the fly, I won’t leave a crumb on the plate.

Now, it’s a very disagreeable thing to think that we have anything in common with a worm, of all things!  Just thinking of a worm, squirming in the dirt, getting away from the rain-soaked soil, is more than enough to never look in a mirror again.  And especially staying indoors when it rains.  Related.  Indeed!

I like fish, but I can’t imagine a relative of mine being bait on a fish hook, to reel in the unsuspecting fish.  Ugh!

worm

You know what?  I’ll just make believe I never found the article.

 

 

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