Sunday, January 29, 2006

Why is an ear pet?

The New York Times reports that Japanese scientists have identified the earwax gene.

Earwax comes in two types, wet and dry. The wet form predominates in Africa and Europe, where 97 percent or more of the people have it, and the dry form among East Asians, while populations of Southern and Central Asia are roughly half and half. By comparing the DNA of Japanese with each type, the researchers were able to identify the gene that controls which type a person has, they report in the Monday issue of Nature Genetics.

More that I really wanted to know. The real question is why were they looking for it?

Perhaps it explains this curious product though. The ear pet doubles as a unique cell phone strap accessory and a handy tool.

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