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Frog Resembles X-Men's Wolverine

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the magneto-newt-is-not-happy dept.

Science 80

sciencehabit writes "Scientists have discovered a frog with retractable claws that pierce its skin every time they come out. What's more, the researchers believe the frog heals itself after pulling its claws back in."

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Sweet! (2, Insightful)

Plazmid (1132467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23579893)

Now if we could only find the genes responsible for making the retractable claws and get gene therapy to work...

Re:Sweet! (4, Funny)

HTTP Error 403 403.9 (628865) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580297)

Gonna have to update the X-Men movie.

"Do you know what happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning? It extracts its claws and starts shredding ass."

Re:Sweet! (1)

Heather D (1279828) | more than 6 years ago | (#23595979)

And it's the best frog there is at what it does.

Re:Sweet! (1)

Renraku (518261) | more than 6 years ago | (#23582207)

Genes just don't work that way.

Think of genes as a blueprint..the blueprint everyone is familiar with. And you have a five story building on that blueprint.

You don't build the building from the ground up. First you have to build the structure and foundation, and make sure its all stable. Then you can start working your way from the outside, in. Or from the inside, out in some cases. But the important part is the scaffolding. The scaffold being the egg or the womb or the seed or whatever. A lot of the time what happens is that the part (fingers on hands, for example) are grown as one big outcropping with a few pointy bones inside, and cells die off around the portions that will later be known as fingers.

I would imagine for something this drastic to be changed, your hands might need to be lopped off and the wound left open and exposed while you're floating in a vat of liquid similar to a womb..maybe even hooked up to a blood oxygenator and nutrient delivery system as well..while your hand healed to its new shape.

Then you get into the whole business of genes turning on and off..thats where it really gets messy.

Re:Sweet! (3, Funny)

Wandering Wombat (531833) | more than 6 years ago | (#23582375)

This is why the Michael Moore X-Men Documentary did so poorly at the box office...

Re:Sweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23583277)

Lies!

Remember, genes are NOT blueprints.
I trust Zakharov over you.

Re:Sweet! (1)

rkanodia (211354) | more than 6 years ago | (#23588153)

I'd say a better analogy would be that genes are like a recipe, or a piece of software (same thing?). A blueprint is a diagram of what the finished product will be like. A recipe is a set of processes to follow to create the product.

Maybe the bone spur was added to the frog's un-Wolverine-like ancestor by inserting "Simmer the small pan for 3 minutes while stirring in sugar" in between lines 62345 and 62346 of the recipe, but it's not that easy to do in humans. After all, who the hell knows what we have in the small pan after completing line 62345, and what will happen to it if it simmers?

Re:Sweet! (1)

OneLeggedNinja (1298023) | more than 6 years ago | (#23589577)

Nah, lopping off limbs is so barbaric. A simpler solution is to hit undo several billion times until you get to your "seed" state, next insert your updated code, and then fast forward ... and presto: brand new, claw sporting individual.

Neat (5, Funny)

bobwrit (1232148) | more than 6 years ago | (#23579947)

Now, let's use it as a weapon.

Obligatory... (5, Funny)

J'ai Friedpork (1293672) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580269)

Famous Last Words

Re:Neat (2, Funny)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#23582505)

hey who says nobody has? Remember the best slashdot story EVER about the australian military being called in to handle an invasion of frogs in part of Australia? (if you don't remember it, seriously go look it up) You don't just send in the military for frogs. Obviously they were clawed war frogs send by terrorists ;)

I'm the Duke of Wellington, you insensitive clod! (1)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 6 years ago | (#23584519)

You don't just send in the military for frogs.
Depends which kind of frogs. There's one kind that are timid, slimy, disorganised creatures with little capacity for organised aggression, and then there's the ones that are a bit like toads.

Re:I'm the Duke of Wellington, you insensitive clo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23588575)

The French are terrorists? (Zing!)~

Re:Neat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23589687)

You should see the new 16-foot models.

But (4, Funny)

adona1 (1078711) | more than 6 years ago | (#23579967)

Unless the claws help it cross a busy road and jump on logs & the backs of turtles, it probably won't assist frogs in the long term...

Resemble's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23579973)

If I wanted apostrophe errors in the headline I'd go to digg (or turn off my CmdrTaco filter).

Grammar 101 (4, Funny)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580111)

Which of the following are appropriate use of an apostophe?

1) To form possessives of nouns
2) To show the omission of letters
3) To indicate certain plurals of lowercase letters.
4) Look out! Here comes an s!

Re:Grammar 101 (4, Funny)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580253)

2) To show the omission of letters

Resemblifies = Resemble's, duhh...

Re:Grammar 101 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23581345)

Wouldn't the apostrophe come before the e in that example?

Re:Grammar 101 (2, Funny)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23581965)

OMG what a capastrophe!!

Re:Grammar 101 (2)

jonadab (583620) | more than 6 years ago | (#23583981)

I'm just waiting for people to start putting apostrophes in possessive personal pronouns: her's, hi's, it's... Oh, wait, they already do that last one.

Re:Grammar 101 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23585925)

I'm just waiting for people to start putting apostrophes in possessive personal pronouns: her's, hi's, it's... Oh, wait, they already do that last one.
No. No they don't.

Re:Grammar 101 (1)

Brynath (522699) | more than 6 years ago | (#23587157)

I'm just waiting for people to start putting apostrophes in possessive personal pronouns: her's, hi's, it's... Oh, wait, they already do that last one.
That is called "it is" which is a valid word.

Re:Grammar 101 (1)

jonadab (583620) | more than 6 years ago | (#23590005)

Yes, and that ought to be obvious, but I'm afraid sometimes people get them confused and use it's for the possessive by analogy with nouns.

I've also seen "your's" occasionally, which for some reason doesn't bother me as much as switching "your" with "you're". I haven't yet seen me's. I've seen I's and they's, but not as possessives. (The uses of those that I've seen were contractions for "I is" and "they is", respectively, subject-verb agreement rules notwithstanding).

Re:Grammar 101 (1)

Brynath (522699) | more than 6 years ago | (#23590551)

Yuck!! I's sick at the thought of that
err I mean
I is...
I am...
No really I am.

Re:Grammar 101 (2, Informative)

MagicM (85041) | more than 6 years ago | (#23585793)

5) As a glottal stop [wikipedia.org] .

Ko'tal.

Re:Grammar 101 (1)

immcintosh (1089551) | more than 6 years ago | (#23589935)

Or for maybe a more familiar example, Hawai'i. Although in that example the apostrophe has come to actually be neglected most of the time. (Hawaiian language is full of glottal stops; almost every island has one in its name)

Re:Grammar 101 (1)

AhtirTano (638534) | more than 6 years ago | (#23590067)

Except for the fact that we don't generally write glottal stops in English. In one of the few cases were we do, we use a hyphen: uh-oh (and not everyone does that).

Re:Grammar 101 (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23592427)

5) In a way the irritate's the grammar police the worst.

How about retractable... (3, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#23579981)

apostrophes? That'd be sweet.

Re:How about retractable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23579991)

Apostrophe's?

Re:How about retractable... (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580735)

Apo'strophe's'

Re:How about retractable... (5, Funny)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 6 years ago | (#23579995)

The frog's name is resemble. The article is about his wolverine doll.

Re:How about retractable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23583837)

Okay, I like that interpretation better than thinking that some poor man's "wolverine" (euphamism) resembles a frog.

Re:How about retractable... (1)

batquux (323697) | more than 6 years ago | (#23585269)

Please, it's an action figure!

Decoy (-1, Flamebait)

UbuntuniX (1126607) | more than 6 years ago | (#23579987)

How do you suppose they'll blame this on global warming?

Re:Decoy (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23580075)

Loudly and repetitively.

resemble's? (1)

thedak (833551) | more than 6 years ago | (#23579997)

"resemble's"? really now?

And yeah, definitely have to isolate that gene and get me some gene therapy. What I wouldn't give for some wolverine-style retractable claws.

Re:resemble's? (3, Informative)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580121)

With no adamantium you'd have the craze inducing fragile bone claws. I imagine it would hurt a rather large amount.

Re:resemble's? (1)

MarkAyen (726688) | more than 6 years ago | (#23601493)

That's not the worst of it. Without Wolverine's regenerative abilities, having the claws pop out through your skin would be a real limited-use thing.

Re:resemble's? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23601861)

The summary implies that the frog has extra healing ability, so I was giving the benefit of the doubt to the gene splicers.

Re:resemble's? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23580689)

Most /.'ers would probably be too pussy to actually use them for attacking some kid that bullied them growing up...

For if they weren't, they'd probably use their intelligence to know that knives cost much less than gene therapy with the added bonus of lobbing into the river to hide the evidence (post hexanes dip to remove oils from the skin).

(added bonus: use of apostrophes wherever I could...)

Wolfie? (4, Funny)

KilgoreTroutman (1295963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580035)

A frog that dresses in tight black leather and looks like Hugh Jackman? Are you sure you didn't just discover the French stuntman for the next X-Men movie?

Re:Wolfie? (3, Funny)

chill (34294) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580305)

It was the cigar and bad attitude that gave it away.

Re:Wolfie? (1)

PipsqueakOnAP133 (761720) | more than 6 years ago | (#23589431)

Wait what? Wolverine is played by Duke Nukem?

Does it have an Adamantium skeleton? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23580065)

That'd be pretty awesome.

Well done, Wolverine-Like Frog... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23580133)

"The Enrichment Center once again reminds you that Wolverine-Like Frog Hell [is] a real place where you [will] be sent at the first sign of defiance."

I see the lawsuit now (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23580209)

Marvel Comics Group sues nature for $1.5 Billion

Re:I see the lawsuit now (2, Funny)

bobwrit (1232148) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580657)

...and wins

Re:I see the lawsuit now (2, Funny)

Supurcell (834022) | more than 6 years ago | (#23583499)

Nature files for bankruptcy.

Re:I see the lawsuit now (1)

dpilot (134227) | more than 6 years ago | (#23587729)

Then nature "offers" to release a gigaton or so of methane hydrates unless the ruling is overturned.

As long as you don't have large-scale space transportation, colonies, etc, you can't beat Planet Earth.

Re:I see the lawsuit now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23589351)

{...}you can't beat Planet Earth.

Oh but we are trying... one SUV a a time.
/sad

Re:I see the lawsuit now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23587547)

Funny? That should have been Insightful you insensitive clod!

Now we have to find the rest of his crew! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23580211)

Because you know he went out on his own, to get captured by the enemy,
as bait so that the other x-animals could jump on us when we least expected!

Frog like wolverine? (2, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580489)

Guess he doesn't like Cyclops, either.

Re:Frog like wolverine? (2, Funny)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 6 years ago | (#23582427)

He does keep stalking that red-haired fox.

I, for one, welcome... (0, Redundant)

thewiz (24994) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580583)

our new retractably-clawed amphibian overlords!

Re:I, for one, welcome... (0, Redundant)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580977)

I, for one, welcome our Battletoads overlords.

New Addition to Frog Vocabulary (1)

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580731)

What do froggies say? SNIKT!

Additionally (2, Funny)

Fieryphoenix (1161565) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580789)

Also, the frogs grow mutton chops.

Re:Additionally (2, Interesting)

Mr. Competence (18431) | more than 6 years ago | (#23586055)

You mean like this [newscientist.com] ?
Males of the species, which grows to about 11 centimetres, also produce long hair-like strands of skin and arteries when they breed.

Re:Additionally (1)

norminator (784674) | more than 6 years ago | (#23586977)

Wow, according to the article you linked to, the frogs actually break their own bones to pop the claws out.

These frogs really are badass.

Re:Additionally (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23592455)

Meh, I've done worse to get laid.

What's more... (4, Insightful)

bchernicoff (788760) | more than 6 years ago | (#23580909)

What's more, the researchers believe the frog heals itself after pulling its claws back in.

If the frog didn't heal after pulling the claws back then the claws wouldn't be piercing its skin

Re:What's more... (1)

aXis100 (690904) | more than 6 years ago | (#23582751)

I thought that too at first, but then realised:

1) The first time they're used, the claw will pierce the skin
2) The claws may not retract, and even if they do the wound may or may not heal
3) If they do retract, subsequent times they might come out the same open wound.

Re:What's more... (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 6 years ago | (#23585187)

I know, I have to tear new holes in my forearms every time I get into a bar fight. Stupid healing factor! Ribbit!

Re:What's more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23590773)

Well, it could be that the Intelligent Designer realised that this design wasn't so intelligent and to make it up to this species He (or She, as the case may be) just heals the frog.

Every single time.

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23581425)

I for one welcome our will be adamantium boned, yellow spandex wearing cyrobiological overlords!

Am I the only one... (1)

BattleApple (956701) | more than 6 years ago | (#23581941)

that was expecting to see a frog with enormous sideburns?

I'm actually kinda disappointed.

Superpowers (1)

H0D_G (894033) | more than 6 years ago | (#23582037)

Wait, so Toad should have claws instead?

Re:Superpowers (1)

Petrushka (815171) | more than 6 years ago | (#23583071)

Wait, so Toad should have claws instead?

Ye gods and little fishlets! Let Badgers, Rats, and Moles everywhere watch out.

In other news... (1)

icj (852635) | more than 6 years ago | (#23582357)

The lincoln squirrel has been assassinated!

New 2008 Stocking stuffer (1)

EEPROMS (889169) | more than 6 years ago | (#23582559)

I can see this as the must have pet this Christmas..

Little Kid" Meh, its just a frog (SWOOOSH!!) COOOL!! CLAAAWS!!...(evil glint in eyes), Hey sis want to see my new pet"

Previous Occurace of? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23583041)

so does this mean prior art (?) or what ever needed to remove the IP laws around the main idea that makes wolverine who he is?

can see the oubreak of new similar cartoons now :)

Resembles Wovlerine? (1)

Qbertino (265505) | more than 6 years ago | (#23584293)

Well, I personally think the eyes are a bit big, the mouth a little to wide and it lacks the sideburns but then again the only version of Wolverine I know and care about is the one played by Hugh Jackman in the recent X-Men movies.
Maybe the older comic version of Wolverine are closer to the mark ... that would explain why I'm not really interested in them. :-)

*Ta-Dum!* *Crash!* *Thud!* ... Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week. Try the fish.

From birth (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#23585205)

So, are this frog's claws present at birth, or are they a side effect of an experiment involving adamantium?
end sarcasm

Wrong pic (2, Informative)

Cowclops (630818) | more than 6 years ago | (#23587705)

The stock frog picture in the article isn't even an African Clawed Frog. They look more like this: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/frogs/gallery/featured.php?image=6&page=featured/index [amnh.org]

And live underwater.

Re:Wrong pic (1)

BioTeX (1140315) | more than 6 years ago | (#23597211)

No, they're not talking about clawed frogs (family Pipidae), which have ordinary non-retractable, keratin claws. These Artholeptidae frogs have claws made of sharpened bone that pierce through the skin, something really unprecedented. So yeah, African frog with claws != African clawed frog

Obligitory... (1)

7Prime (871679) | more than 6 years ago | (#23589177)

Hello my baby,
Hello my darlin'
Hello my rag time gal!
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