A few months ago I saw in The Scientist1 the single most frightening image I have ever seen. It was a chicken with teeth. Although worse pictures have been served up over the years--death, destruction, mutilation--this was the most indigestible. A modern-day metaphor for science hailed as a breakthrough, as perhaps it truly is. I trust good will come from this in terms of genetic control of odontoblasts and suppression of evolutionary DNA repression. But give me a break. Having viewed this grotesque bird, I have not been able to eat an omelet, chicken soup, or chicken McNuggets for two months, once my favorite foods.
Brian Mullin, MD