Available from ThinkGeek: Arsenic-based sea monkeys! Last December, a report surfaced (HA! HA!) of a microbe in Mono Lake, California, that could replace the phosphorus in its DNA with arsenic. The report did not win universal acceptance. (HA!) Now ThinkGeek makes available seamonkeys who incorporate arsenic into their DNA. It's an unusual item, which ThinkGeek has been selling since [HINT!] April 1, 2011. The description in ThinkGeek comes with consumer warnings: Please be careful. Although they may look cute, sea monkeys have been known to become very violent.
But what, you may ask, does this have to do with climate change? If anything?!
Gentle readers of Rabbet Run (are there any other kind of readers of RR?) are aware of the controversy about Freeman Dyson, mathematical physicist at Princeton, who proposed genetically engineering a "supertree" which can sequester an incredible amount of carbon. By merely planting enough supertrees, the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could be reversed, and global warming averted.
Is there any evidence that such a hypothetical tree could be genetically engineered? Of course not. Are such supertrees any more plausible than arsenic-based sea monkeys? No. So what is Freeman Dyson actually doing?
Making a monkey of himself!