Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How to Build a Mexican

Scientists have mapped the Mexican genome. We're pretty sure this won't help us understand our neighbors any better, but we still plan to scour the paper [pdf] for a genetic explanation of why we're the only ones bothered by loud noises around here, or why no one else seems to think "Delicious Tripe" is an oxymoron.

But first, a special Burro Hall saludos! to USA Today for posing - utterly unprompted by anything that actually appears in the study - the question on every eugenicist's mind:

Are Mexicans genetically susceptible to H1N1 virus?

Although the findings are preliminary, a study released Monday raises the possibility that the H1N1 flu has been deadlier in Mexicans than in others because they are genetically more susceptible to the infection.

Given that the study doesn't even address the issue of susceptiblity to H1N1 or any other disease, we think it's also fair to point out that the paper "raises the possibility" that, through a series of future genetic mutations, Mexicans may someday sprout wings and the ability to shoot lasers from their anuses. Given this "possibility," we think it's reasonable to ask what President Obama is planning to do about it.


Jim Cook said...

Frank- I wrote you recently of our plan visit to Queretaro. We hope to get together. Arrive Queretaro May 15, leave morning of 18th. Staying at the Home B&B (442) 183-9139. Are you available?
Jim Cook, contact us: jimncarole@hotmail.com


Jorge Arturo said...

Is mexican a race or a nationality? something I'm learning thanks to USA today.