Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Chicken Or The Egg: Musical and Scientific News

The Chicken Or The Egg: Musical and Scientific News

 By Denis M. Sweeney
August 7, 2010

The age old question: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg, is recently in the news quite a lot.

To review the question, lets start by reviewing this video:
"Which Came First?" by Chicken vs. Egg

A 2006 study totally favored... the EGG!
"Whether chicken eggs preceded chickens hinges on the nature of chicken eggs," said panel member and philosopher of science David Papineau at King's College London.

"I would argue it's a chicken egg if it has a chicken in it. If a kangaroo laid an egg from which an ostrich hatched, that would surely be an ostrich egg, not a kangaroo egg. By this reasoning, the first chicken did indeed come from a chicken egg, even though that egg didn't come from chickens."

But, a 2010 study takes a different, less speculative, more scientific approach, and concludes... the CHICKEN!
The Chicken and the Egg: Ancient Mystery Solved?
Philosophers and fertility experts can rest easy as the age-old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” finally has an answer: The chicken.

The research comes from British scientists out of Sheffield and Warwick universities. It all boils down to one protein—ovocledidin-17 (OC-17)—that is only found inside a chicken's ovaries, and is essential for eggshell formation.

Although the protein has been studied as part of eggshell development before, researchers used a super computer to ‘zoom-in' while a shell was forming, and found that it actually serves as a catalyst. Sheffield Professor John Harding hopes that this will aid in designing new materials.

Well, that's one mystery solved. But still no word yet on the meaning of life. (via CBS News)
Will Chicken vs. Egg post a musical video reply? 
The world wants to know!