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From Hirac Delest:

"In other news: An amusing article has popped up on The Buzz where a new Mississippi bill has been introduced that forbids human-animal hybrids, such as the Animorphs. The HB 819 is The Protection of the Human Person Act, and would have slapped the Animorphs with a fine should they have ever gone public in our time."

Guys the Yeerks must be in goverment! They're banning the Animorphs!

Date: 2013-02-06 04:42 am (UTC)
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OMG fursecution!!

How does that even... why does that even... I don't understand why this exists. @_@

Date: 2013-02-06 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
D-designer babies? D: I know if I look this up I'm going to be angry...

Date: 2013-02-06 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, I see it's still a hypothetical Gattaca situation. Glad people haven't actually stooped that low yet.

Date: 2013-02-07 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes and no. Genetically engineering a child to specifically be a certain sex is technically illegal, but I think it's also not actually possible right now.

That said, choosing the gender of the baby before birth is pretty common, to the point that in India it's actually been banned because of the skewed gender representation that was coming about from couples aborting female fetuses. (It's an even bigger problem in China, with their one-child policy).

Date: 2013-02-08 04:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] acts_of_tekla
It's actually not a huge problem in India, because the intersection between people who could afford that kind of prenatal care and people who care enough about having male children is a pretty small segment of the population.

Date: 2013-03-02 11:23 pm (UTC)
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It is possible--not to genetically engineer a child to be a specific sex, but there is apparently some kind of technique you can do if you're doing IVF that gives you a higher percentage chance of getting one sex or another (one gender of sperm is heavier than the other, and they do some kind of swirl/spin procedure that separates the lighter sperm from the heavier sperm). It's not a guarantee, but it changes the odds from the roughly 50/50 rate you'd get to something more like 30/70 or 70/30.

I have relatives that did this for their second child, so they would have one boy and one girl. It's insanely expensive, and again, doesn't guarantee anything. It's still a bit...odd.

Date: 2013-02-06 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Something about cows with human genes spliced in. I've forgotten exactly where or why, but that's what I remember.

Date: 2013-02-06 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Ngl, I got a good chuckle out of the fact that they actually mention Animorphs in the article- I thought Issam (or whoever posted it to HD) would've added that in.

But like growly, I'm left asking why the hell anyone would want to mix human and "animal" DNA (ignoring the fact that humans are animals, of course). Why? To make humans resistant to certain things? I'm baffled. Also, does this remind anyone else of Eve and Adam, Applegrant's latest book? It's Crayak at work, I tell you!

Date: 2013-02-08 04:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] acts_of_tekla
Why? Research: Splice human version of gene into another animal with a similar gene. See what happens. They already do it with yeast and E coli.

Date: 2013-02-06 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Clearly people in Mississippi haven't actually read Animorphs because they aren't hybrids, they don't reside in half human/half animal form. They just change INTO animals.

So I guess this law outlaws all manner of fantasy animals? Centaurs, Minotaurs, Egyptian gods and anthros? Haha... Ok.

Date: 2013-02-18 03:15 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Oh God, this reminds me of the Buffa-human. Single most disturbing thing in the
series :(

Date: 2013-02-18 08:38 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
*gulp* I... I actually forgot about Ant-Cassie. I think I blocked it out from sheer revulsion. Thankfully I don't think I read #39 as a kid, but the ant Hive Mind in #5 freaked me right out. Thanks, K.A. >.>

Date: 2013-02-18 09:44 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
You're right, it just seemed like a random event among other random events. It wasn't given any importance or prominence. I think as adults we also understand how stupid this book is, and also how really freakin' creepy and twisted a human with an animal mind actually is. Whereas most kids will accept it when the author says "the buffalo acquired Chapman and morphed him" or "the ant was... me" and won't be able to look past that and consider the High Octane Nightmare Fuel.

Ha, glad to see I'm not the only one!
Edited Date: 2013-02-18 09:45 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-02-18 10:26 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
That's a good point about witnessing vs participation. And the empathy thing is true, too.

Hmm. I think making either the Buffa-human or Ant-Cassie (not both) central to the plot in a meaningful way would've helped, and yes, a different plot. As it is they're careening around trying to rescue the cube and not doing much else. And as many other people have said, even the acquiring part didn't make sense, because there's no way an ant, at least, can actively concentrate on the acquiring process. Extended contact is definitely a factor. Maybe someone should write an alternate #39, only they'd have to actually reread the book.

Date: 2013-02-18 11:20 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I suppose we could always kill two birds with one stone and have a buffa-human in #28. That would go with the cows and the experiments! And 28 would be less of a wishy-washy book, albeit a little squickier (this is why you don't eat meat, kids - it might walk off your plate! Sounds like a Goosebumps tagline). Yup, the animals-walking-on-things-to-acquire them - no, scrap that, this whole book- actually - sounds like the author wrote it on crack. :(

My thoughts exactly! Animorphs LJ: We're always on topic, even when we're not! Now comes with extra happy - batteries not included.)
Edited Date: 2013-02-18 11:21 am (UTC)


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