You and the Catfish Genome
There are amazing similarities between human genes and the gene structure of other creatures.
But you have something more in common with the catfish than you may have known. Congress wants you to pay to map the catfish genome.
Representative Mike D. Rogers (R-AL) requested $1,250,000 in the agriculture spending bill for fiscal 2010 for research on the catfish genome. As passed by the House, the ag spending bill includes $819,000 for this project.
Is catfish gene research a boondoggle? It might sound like it. The folks at Auburn University’s Catfish Genome Project don’t think so. The question is whether it’s something you should pay for.
Here’s the current vote on Congressman Rogers’ request and, below that, the agriculture spending bill. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article on the earmark and the bill.