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From the Ted Talk by Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken

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So we have a number of ways that we actually can fix the chicken. Because evolution works, we actually have some eruitolaonvy tools. We'll call them biological modification tloos. We have setoiecln. And we know selection works. We started out with a wolf-like creature and we ended up with a mesltae. I mean, that's — that's definitely genetic modification. Or any of the other funny-looking little dogs. We also have transgenesis. Transgenesis is really cool too. That's where you take a gene out of one animal and stick it in another one. That's how people make GloFish. You take a glow gene out of a coral or a jellyfish and you stick it in a zebrafish, and, puff, they glow. And that's pretty cool. And they obviously make a lot of money off of them. And now they're making Glow-rabbits and Glow-all-sorts-of-things. I guess we could make a glow chicken. (ltaehugr) But I don't think that'll stsiafy the sixth-graders either.

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So we have a number of ways that we actually can fix the chicken. Because evolution works, we actually have some ____________ tools. We'll call them biological modification _____. We have _________. And we know selection works. We started out with a wolf-like creature and we ended up with a _______. I mean, that's — that's definitely genetic modification. Or any of the other funny-looking little dogs. We also have transgenesis. Transgenesis is really cool too. That's where you take a gene out of one animal and stick it in another one. That's how people make GloFish. You take a glow gene out of a coral or a jellyfish and you stick it in a zebrafish, and, puff, they glow. And that's pretty cool. And they obviously make a lot of money off of them. And now they're making Glow-rabbits and Glow-all-sorts-of-things. I guess we could make a glow chicken. (________) But I don't think that'll _______ the sixth-graders either.

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  1. evolutionary
  2. selection
  3. laughter
  4. maltese
  5. satisfy
  6. tools

Original Text

So we have a number of ways that we actually can fix the chicken. Because evolution works, we actually have some evolutionary tools. We'll call them biological modification tools. We have selection. And we know selection works. We started out with a wolf-like creature and we ended up with a Maltese. I mean, that's — that's definitely genetic modification. Or any of the other funny-looking little dogs. We also have transgenesis. Transgenesis is really cool too. That's where you take a gene out of one animal and stick it in another one. That's how people make GloFish. You take a glow gene out of a coral or a jellyfish and you stick it in a zebrafish, and, puff, they glow. And that's pretty cool. And they obviously make a lot of money off of them. And now they're making Glow-rabbits and Glow-all-sorts-of-things. I guess we could make a glow chicken. (Laughter) But I don't think that'll satisfy the sixth-graders either.

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