Re: I could have sworn I heard a dolphin bark

CurtAdams (
Mon, 26 Jan 1998 02:33:49 EST

In a message dated 1/25/98 8:25:10 PM, wrote:

>Dunno if this is true or walrus-shit. I searched hither & yon on the net,
>couldn't find any substantiation:

As stated, this has the wiff of decomposing crustaceans. If true, I
think a lot of critical details on "bits of genetic material" are
missing. There's lots of different ways to combine the "bits" and
different ways have different plausibilities.

>Forwarded from
>January 25th
>An AP story today reported two scientists at the Charleston
>Oceanographic Institute have successfully genetically engineered the
>first mammal hybrid. The Scientists, Dr. Lisa Velasquez and Dr.
>Michael Poczkinsky, used bits of genetic material from both a
>bottle-nosed dolphin and the egg of a walrus, fertilized in vitro, and
>implanted into an adult walrus for gestation. The healthy offspring,
>termed a "Dolrus", seems healthy and is now three months old.
>Phenotypically, it has the features of a somewhat larger dolphin, only
>it is able to carry itself out of the water and locomote on land. The
>Dolrus appears to have the breathing apparatus of the dolphin, but
>preliminary study seems to show tusks will develop much like the