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Old 07-15-2010, 11:56 AM   #1
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Which came first? Chicken, not the egg - Local News - Cleveland, OH - News - msnbc.com

The question has puzzled man for ages: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Scientists from universities in Sheffield and Warwick in England say they've discovered the answer -- it's the chicken!
According to CNN, the researchers published a paper called "Structural Control of Crystal Nuclei by an Eggshell Protein," which solved the mystery, or so they claim.
The paper explains the presence of a protein in the chicken's ovaries that is required for the formation of eggshells, a protein called ovocledidin-17.
This protein might seem to answer the question, but one of the paper's authors says he's still not sure.
"I would argue that the concept of an eggshell came about way before the chicken, it's dinosaur or even pre-dinosaur thing. That's something to talk to an evolutionary biologist about probably," said Colin Freeman, from the University of Sheffield in northern England.
In a New York Daily News article, another Sheffield University researcher says the discovery about eggshell proteins could have practical uses in science and medicine.
"Understanding how chickens make eggshells is fascinating in itself but can also give clues towards designing new materials and processes," said Sheffield's Professor John Harding. "Nature has found innovative solutions that work for all kinds of problems in materials science and technology. We can learn a lot from them."
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Ovaries and actual eggs are two different things.
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I just like the idea of someone devoting their life to finding this out.
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I just like the idea of someone devoting their life to finding this out.
i'd love to talk to whoever funded this research.
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There were eggs before chickens and this is horrible science reporting.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:12 PM   #8
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The familiar question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" might be puzzling, but not to anyone who knows the first portion of Chumash. There the Torah clearly tells us that on the fifth day of Creation G-d created all winged birds after their kind. This includes also the egg-laying chicken, of course.
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