Porky’s Pulpit: BBQ in my DNA

According to a recent story on NPR (National Piglet Radio?), the DNA of the domesticated pig has been sequenced.  The NPR report notes that, “The sequence comes from a single pig, formally known as UIUC 2-14, although she’s also called TJ Tabasco.”  Texas Pete would have been a far more respectable name for a pig, but the research is impressive nevertheless. 

Of surprise to the researchers, but not to anyone who has ever fallen in love with a perfectly prepared BBQ tray,  was the finding that the pig’s genome structure and sequence is very similar to that of a human.  Besides bothering folks who don’t believe in evolution (and opening the door to various Jesse Helms jokes), this finding is causing me some anxiety as I ponder the technical definition of cannibalism…

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