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Cloning Yields Human-Rabbit Hybrid Embryo

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the watership-now dept.

Biotech 655

ralphb writes "Here is the story of scientists in China who have, for the first time, used cloning techniques to create hybrid embryos that contain a mix of DNA from both humans and rabbits. Hop on over for a look!"

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God, I've seen a lot of crap movies.... (5, Funny)

sweeney37 (325921) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694078)

My dear god, didn't any of these "scientists" ever see Night of the Lepus [imdb.com] ?!

We're all doomed!!

Mike

Re:God, I've seen a lot of crap movies.... (2, Funny)

Etherwalk (681268) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694110)

This is massively disturbing; I was about to ask the same question. There is no way that, in a sane world, two people should have the human/rabbit embryo lead naturally to "night of the lepus."

Of course, a little rabbit never hurt anybody. It's the really huge rabbits we have to worry about.

Re:God, I've seen a lot of crap movies.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694253)

DeForest Kelley and Rory Calhoun together at last?! Why wasn't I informed?

Re:God, I've seen a lot of crap movies.... (1)

kinnell (607819) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694270)

Steady now; there are much worse [imdb.com] things than a human/rabbit hybrid.

Think of the furries... (5, Funny)

Randolpho (628485) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694279)

The furry crowd must be mighty yiffy over this little development. :)

Of course... they're mostly yiffy all the time.....

Tasteless (5, Funny)

ComaVN (325750) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694086)

Finally, babies with a healthy appetite for sex

Re:Tasteless (1)

CowsAnonymous (697884) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694198)

> Finally, babies with a healthy appetite for sex

Now all we need are religious mandatory orgies and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World will become a reality...

Hugh Hefner at work? (4, Funny)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694088)

China trying to compete with Hugh and create their own Playboy Bunnies? Not to mention the potential for pleasure, knowing how rabbits multiply....

Re:Hugh Hefner at work? (5, Funny)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694127)

knowing how rabbits multiply

New Chinese policy: Only one baby rabbit per couple!

Re:Hugh Hefner at work? (4, Funny)

cygnus (17101) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694298)

New Chinese policy: Only one baby rabbit per couple!

Lenny's going to be pissed when he accidentally kills his...

Smoking Man at work? (1, Funny)

beef3k (551086) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694215)

According to the article, the americans have tried this earlier with cow eggs, supposedly to create a new breed of unstoppable super soldiers with mad cow disease (source: xfiles.com).

Re:Smoking Man at work? (4, Funny)

buckeyeguy (525140) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694254)

Sit outside any Wal-Mart and observe the fact that cattle-like humans already exist...

As for rabbits... couldn't they have picked a cooler species to intermix with? Wolves, cheetahs (fast sprinters for the Olympics!), bears... hmph. Definitely not primates though... anyone seeing 28 Days Later should put the kibosh on that one.

I for one (4, Funny)

prisoner (133137) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694092)

Welcome our new fuzzy over...nevermind.

Re:I for one (1)

mothrathegreat (542532) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694099)

Asshole you got there first!

Re:I for one (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694155)

acehole did it funnier though - and the whole thing, not a cop-out:

here [slashdot.org]

Bah... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Custard (587661) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694094)

Bah, what a trivial story. Let me know when they can make a monkey with four asses. THEN, I'll be impressed!

Re:Bah... (3, Funny)

tbase (666607) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694112)

Maybe we should just leave nature to its simple, one-asses schematics.

Re:Bah... (5, Funny)

Lord Dimwit Flathead (668521) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694140)

They're way ahead of you. From the article:

The team said it retrieved foreskin tissue from two 5-year-old boys and two men, and facial tissue from a 60-year-old woman, as a source of skin cells. They fused those cells with New Zealand rabbit eggs from which the vast majority of rabbit DNA had been removed.

If you thought rotten.com was bad, just wait until foreskinrabbitface.com goes live.

Re:Bah... (2, Funny)

Jackdaw Rookery (696327) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694289)

WTF? You want a monkey with 4 asses? What have you got planned?! No, no, I didn't ask, I was was never here.

*Backs away*

Not really a mutant (5, Informative)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694097)

mix of DNA from both human and rabbit

Well, not exactly. The cell DNA was human. Only the mitochondrial DNA was from rabbit.

Re:Not really a mutant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694136)

Well, not exactly. The cell DNA was human. Only the mitochondrial DNA was from rabbit.


So what you are saying is that they combined the human cell DNA with the mitochondrial rabbit DNA?

Sounds like a mix to me....

Re:Not really a mutant (5, Funny)

saskwach (589702) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694236)

So...It's a bunny-powered human? Does Energizer know about this?

Re:Not really a mutant (1)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694269)

Funniest remark I have heard on /. for ages!

Pre-emptive post (1)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694098)

And before all the luddites, technophobes and "every sperm is sacred" nutjobs hop in: no human/animal life was created here - the experiment experiment was with mere cells.

Re:Pre-emptive post (1)

orius_khan (416293) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694151)

And before all the luddites, technophobes and "every sperm is sacred" nutjobs hop in: no human/animal life was created here - the experiment experiment was with mere cells.


Uhhhh yeah... "embryo cells"... you know, the ones that eventually become full humans/animals.

Every sperm is not sacred, but if they did manage to create a half-human half-rabbit person... I think they might be among the very few deserving of the title "special"...

Re:Pre-emptive post (0)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694195)

Uhhhh yeah... "embryo cells"... you know, the ones that eventually become full humans/animals.

Please stop looking at mere biochemistry with such anthropocentric attitude. Embryo/stem cells are just cells. Yes, they are marvellous in their capability to transform into almost any other cell but they are still cells, biochemical machines that can and should be studied and applied to the good of the human race. The whole stemcell/gene technology discussion is really a throwback to the times when myths and religious/magical thinking ruled.

Potential means nothing. We already exist - the creature which is potentially stored in the DNA of those cells does not.

Re:Pre-emptive post (1)

axxackall (579006) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694163)

You mean dead cells? IMHO, one cell or several - if it's alive - it's a life.

if a cell = a life then... (4, Funny)

rokzy (687636) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694223)

every time you bang your head you become a mass murderer?

or would you say it's a multiple suicide?

either way, I'm definitely going to hell, right?

Re:Pre-emptive post (1)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694226)

I said: human/animal life. A microscopic collection of cells does not qualify as either. Yes, cells are life but then again you and I kill them in the millions all the time we are typing these posts. I just brushed my arm, sending a stream of dead and living skin cells in the air.

Re:Pre-emptive post (1)

InsaneGeek (175763) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694285)

What do you think sperm is made out of, cardboard? You do realize that a human is basically composed completely of "mere cells"? Individually they aren't that interesting but put bunches of them together and the mere cells become you.

Hrmm (5, Funny)

acehole (174372) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694102)

I for one welcome our new human-rabbit hybrid masters.

I will remind them that I could be useful in rounding up people to toil in their underground carrot mines.

Re:Hrmm (2, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694173)

I will remind them that I could be useful in rounding up people to toil in their underground carrot mines
bunnies aren't just cute as everybody supposes
They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses
And what's with all the carrots?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?
Bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies

Lyrics by Josh Whedon [letssingit.com] , reproduced without permission because, hey, its the internet and everyone does it...

Bunny bun? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694103)

So would that make this [livejournal.com] canabalism instead of just sick?

This is just the sort of thing... (5, Insightful)

BJZQ8 (644168) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694104)

This is just the sort of thing that will catch the attention of do-gooder congressmen and get things like cloning research completely banned...If they do things like this, they should keep it quiet, not get it out into the mainstream of public opinion where people can jump (or maybe hop-hop-hop) to conclusions and phone their congressman.

Re:This is just the sort of thing... (2, Insightful)

ReciprocityProject (668218) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694175)

The vast majority of the DNA in the embryos is human, with a small percentage of genetic material -- called mitochondrial DNA -- contributed by the rabbit egg.

Ok guys. I'm all in favor of stem cell research, but . . . we need to just stop and figure out a way to do it without generating shocking headlines. This kind of headline is just going to piss everyone off and hinder the progress of the research.

It would be wrong to keep it quiet - and people would find out anyway. Just keep it below a certain shock level. I.e. no furry humans with long ears and twitchy noses showing up in the tabloids. Please?

Re:This is just the sort of thing... (2, Insightful)

aug24 (38229) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694228)

Actually, I suggets that this is just the sort of thing that must be presented correctly, rather than kept quiet about. It is a useful and viable scientifc endeavour, not just a "Hey, let's put a cat in a blender and see what happens!" type of experiment.

It should be phrased in as scientifically opaque a way as possible though, so that the tabloid journalists can't understand it ;-)

J.

human DNA (3, Funny)

invalid_argument (697851) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694105)

"I think because all the nuclear DNA is human," Doerflinger said, "we'd consider this an organism of the human species."

Better pay attention, when you go hunting next time.

This is disgusting (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694106)

Even regular cloning causes most of the subjects to die. I can't imagine interspecies cloning not killing many many more. Most likely, this embryo will die after a few divisions, being so strange. However, even "successful" clones have more problems and a shorter lifespan. Doing this should be unethical by anyone's standards.

Re:This is disgusting (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694244)

Disgusting yes... (disturbing even), but who knows if it's 'better' or 'worse'...

remember, humans have been making 'better' animals by cross breading for centuries... (just look at dogs or mules, etc.)

so how is it 'ok' for them to breed dogs but not humans?

at least now we know how buggs bunny can walk upright and talk... :-)

Finally... (2, Funny)

Suhas (232056) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694109)

...we can breed like rabbits

Re:Finally... (1)

Vraylle (610820) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694122)

Oh thank God! There's not nearly enough people in the world. Double the population, and the world's problems will be solved!

Re:Finally... (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694146)

As long as they're tasty, you're right!

Re:Finally... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694157)

apparently you have not seen how much they breed in china.....

Gives new meaning to the phrase.. (2, Funny)

rehabdoll (221029) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694114)

Whats up doc?

I would have thought ... (2, Funny)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694115)

... China had enough people already, without creating humans that breed like rabbits!

Those monsters! (5, Funny)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694116)

Don't they know that adding human DNA to rabbit embryos is a crime against nature? They should abort babies for those stem cells, the way God intended.

This is neat and all, but... (3, Funny)

I'm a racist. (631537) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694118)

How many asses does it have? I suspect it's less than five.

Hare-brained gets a new meaning! (1)

jkrise (535370) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694119)

What if the poor creatures were as 'reproductive' as humans and as intelligent as humans??

Wait... we can employ them at Microsoft.. and SCO as well, if they exist.

-

OMG they have too much time on their hands (1)

acegik (698112) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694120)

Well I guess its a step twords organ duplication for greater good - goooooo Rabit :)

Is that very useful ? (3, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694123)

Scientists in China have, for the first time, used cloning techniques to create hybrid embryos that contain a mix of DNA from both humans and rabbits

I thought China needed to control the exponential growth of their population, do they really need that? They should sell the technology to the state of Florida instead ...

Re:Is that very useful ? (1)

orius_khan (416293) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694200)

I thought China needed to control the exponential growth of their population, do they really need that? They should sell the technology to the state of Florida instead ...


I don't get it... why does Florida need population growth? It's full of all the nearly dead retirees who migrate downwards from every other state. Please tell me you're not suggesting we need more breeding from that population?

Grant them entry visas now! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694125)

I hear Six Flags has some Bugs Bunny openings.

They can save on costume costs.

The Rabbit died! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694129)

It was just a pregnancy test gone awry.

That explains me (0)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694143)

Well, now I know why I f**k like a bunny

When the first recipient of these rabbit-human... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694144)

hybrid stem cells awoke from surgury, his first words were:

"ehhh, What's up Doc?"

(Yea I know, bad joke, but we all knew it was going to be posted eventually....)

For the love of God... (1)

mschoolbus (627182) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694148)

Hop on over for a look!

Can we not be saying stuff like this... You will have an even worse chance of ever getting laid. As if spending your whole day on /. isn't enough... =P

One more Billy (1)

Orre (452514) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694152)

... and the result was one more Bill Gates?

We all should have seen this coming... (0, Interesting)

goldspider (445116) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694153)

This shouldn't surprise anybody. Now without sounding trollish by bringing Chinese morality into this, I'd just like to say that this was a predictable step in the progression of cloning technology.

Now I'm not going to be one of those so-called "every sperm is precious" nuts, and I agree that cloning research has enormous potential for the human species. But I strongly believe that boundaries should be placed on projects like this that seem to be conducted more out of morbid curiosity than any perceived benefit to mankind.

Re:We all should have seen this coming... (2, Informative)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694240)

You should not bring Chinese morality into this, since US researchers have tried this too. from the WP article:
Although scientists in Massachusetts had previously mixed human cells and cow eggs in a similar attempt to make hybrid embryos as a source of stem cells, those experiments were not successful.

Secondly, this was done to produce stem cells and not out of morbid curiosity. Please, I know this is /., but RTFA!

Re:We all should have seen this coming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694287)

Perhaps, then, the editors should RTFA before posting stories with misleading/sensational headlines.

But for the record, I did RTFA, and although IANAGE (genetic engineer) it doesn't seem too far-fetched to believe they couldn't just as easily allow the embryos to grow and develop into who-knows-what.

Americans made the first attempt (1)

beef3k (551086) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694263)

Now, without sounding trollish by bringing American morality into this, I'd just like to quote the article:

"Although scientists in Massachusetts had previously mixed human cells and cow eggs in a similar attempt to make hybrid embryos as a source of stem cells, those experiments were not successful."

Well... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694154)

I for one welcome our new human/rabbit overlords

ONOE TEH FURRAYS!!! (1)

mcgroarty (633843) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694159)

And there was much [vclart.net] rejoicing [vclart.net] .

w00t! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694161)

Some wondered aloud what, exactly, such a creature would be if it were transferred to a womb to develop to term

Now I can own my very own live Jar-jar binks!

And his experiment ... (2, Funny)

altp (108775) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694162)

... mixing the frog with the horse was great, until the explosion.

Not go(o)d (1)

juric (698130) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694169)

I'm very afraid of this. I hope this aint true. In the case it is, just remember:
"Brave new World!"

Fucking Furries! (-1, Flamebait)

dupper (470576) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694171)

I thought all the sex perverts were Japanese.

If you don't get the reference, don't bother moderating.

Tastes Like.... (0)

simetra (155655) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694172)

Chicken!

Thanks, I'll be here all week. Be sure to tip your waitress.

Yawn (-1, Offtopic)

mcgroarty (633843) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694176)

As with all Slashdot stories... once again, the Amiga had it first [ctrl-c.liu.se] . (lower right)

Why? (1)

ErisCalmsme (212887) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694178)

It amazes me that there are people in this world smart enough to splice genes and such, but instead of like...finding a cure for cancer or something, they are making bunny people? Because they can? Could someone give me some insight as to why in the world we need rabbit-human hybrids?

Re:Why? (5, Insightful)

vidarh (309115) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694272)

You don't need rabbit-human hybrids. However, medical researchers do need stem cells to pursue a huge number of research goals, including growing new organs, repairing damaged tissue, regrowing nerves etc. That research is being hampered by concerns from a lot of groups about harvesting stemcells from aborted embryos. Hence this research to create an alternative source of stem cells.

In other words, this IS important research, that has the potential of providing important material for research projects that might take medical science huge leaps forwards.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694296)

Perhaps reading the article would enlighten you and satisfy your need for information?

Moron.

Sorry, no Rabbit People (5, Informative)

Penguin2212 (173380) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694185)

The vast majority of the DNA in the embryos is human, with a small percentage of genetic material -- called mitochondrial DNA -- contributed by the rabbit egg. No one knows if such an embryo could develop into a viable fetus, though some experiments with other species suggest it would not.

The DNA that they put into the human cells is not DNA which determines physical charateristics. It's mitochondrial DNA, which is found in the cells' mitochondria. These little organelles of the cell basically burn sugar to make energy usable for the rest of the cell. There is a lot of evidence suggesting that the mitochondria found in all human cells was actually a seperate organism that became co-dependent with the cells in which they lived. Interstingly enough, mitochondiral is almost totally unaltered with a new generation, and is always passed down through the female of the species because the sperm cells typically have very few or a negligible amount of mitochondria. i.e. You have the same mitochondrial DNA as your mother and all your siblings, and she has all the same as her mother and so on down your family tree.

idea (2, Funny)

phloydphreak (691922) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694190)

mix b g with a cat; he will re-design Windz such that when a blue screen appears, the computer also vomits in your shoes.
What have we created [wsfa.org]

--
"this is the gloaming"
Radiohead
--

Obj Monty Python (4, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694196)

What kinds of future hybrids can we have?

Wizard: It's a horrible beast.
King Arthur: What, you mean behind the bunny rabbit?
Wizard: It IS the bunny rabbit?

unprecedented evile cloning itself, resulting in.. (0)

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MoreJobs to be Lost Overseas!! (1)

ThulsaDoom (574868) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694199)

Rabbitmen. They can programs all night long and work for carrots. You thought outsourcing engineering to India was bad, wait till the HR department hears about THE ISLAND OF THE RABBITMEN!!!!! WHA HA! HA! HA! HAAAA!!!

Stem Cells (5, Insightful)

darkstar949 (697933) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694204)

Judgeing from the artical they might have found a better way to get stem cells for research. However, now instead of having to deal with just people that are anti-cloning or anti-stem cell research, you would also have to deal with the animal rights activists because of the retrevial of the eggs, and the undertermined status of the cells after they are created.
So in the short run it is posibly a better way to get stem cells, in the long run it will raise alot of ethical concerns, as well as the undermined nature of the cell - in short we don't know if they are "true" stem cells in their ablity to grow into any organ. Also, if they do have the potenital to become any organ, we don't know how the human body would react to the foegin DNA (the rabit mitocadria)

obligatory obscure Montty Python Reference.... (1)

bryanthompson (627923) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694211)

"He'll bite your head clean off!" "It's a vicious rabbit with large, sharp, pointy teeth!"

......Run Away! [wickedcoolstuff.com]

rabbits? (1)

Jedi1USA (145452) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694212)

Rabbits a re boring. Why not mix with something cool like a Gorilla?

BEHOLD...the Man Ape!

Oh wait... ;^)

why rabbits? (1)

axxackall (579006) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694213)

Better use sharks, or hawks, or even snakes. But not rabbits. What's good in mixing human intellect with rabbit sexuality? Now imagine big spiders with human brains. That would be a certain improvement for both.

Re:why rabbits? (1)

paulhar (652995) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694281)

> "Now imagine big spiders with human brains. That would be a certain improvement for both."

I guess you must like em hairy...

What I really want to know is... (4, Funny)

Warlover (267127) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694214)

When are they gonna stop fooling around and start engineering Carmen Electra clones that have a thing for network admins...

Foreskins (4, Funny)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694221)

RTFA and you'll find the cells used for the DNA were a mix of rabbit skin and human foreskin. Imagine explaining that when your long-eared, buck-toothed teenager asks "Daddy, where do babies come from?"

Deeper thinking required (4, Insightful)

gone.fishing (213219) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694232)

I don't claim to be a DNA expert but I'll bet the people opposing these kinds of exparaments know even less about DNA than I do.

Somewhere I've read that we share most of our DNA with all the other members of the animal kingdom and indeed we share a lot of DNA with every living thing.

Some of these exparaments are "pure research" and others are "applied research." In pure research you do the exparament and then look to see where it took you. In applied research you have a pretty good idea of where you are going and are pretty much conducting the exparament to verify your theory. In either case, there really is a goal to the research and I'll submit that the goal is usually good for humanity.

Without this kind of research we would miss out on opportunities to cure disease, treat birth defects and, all sorts of other good things. But, there is something even better that comes from this research. We gain a greater understanding of the world we live in. We add to humankinds knowlege base. Without doing this we will fail to advance and the next century will look like the last. When that happens there is little doubt that we will have started to slide down the road to extinction becuase we will exhaust vital resources.

Rabbit-tiger hybrid (1)

Jacco de Leeuw (4646) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694242)

Human-rabbit hybrid? Old news.

How about this rabbit-tiger hybrid [jacco2.dds.nl] ?

That's no ordinary rabbit! 'Tis the most foul, cruel and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!

And in other news... (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694246)

Stocks in Carrot Farms soared on the American exchanges on Tuesday, the day before Chinese experiments in Human-Rabbit cloning were announced to have created a successful cross-cloning.

Advertiser Links (5, Funny)

ddkilzer (79953) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694247)

Did anyone notice the advertiser links at the bottom of the page for Latest Stem Cell Therapy [biomark-intl.com] and Dwarf Rabbit [shopping.com] ?

Talk about keyword advertising gone awry!

Really nothing to boast about. (0, Redundant)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694257)

With more than a billion strong, the chinese are ALREADY human-rabbit hybrids: they breed like rabbits!!!

Run away! (0, Redundant)

Get Behind the Mule (61986) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694258)

It's a vicious Chinese rabbit with large, sharp, pointy teeth!


He'll bite your head clean off!

Next step . . . (5, Funny)

Jaywalk (94910) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694259)

So when are they going to cross ninjas with turtles?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Refrence... (4, Funny)

Lord_Slepnir (585350) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694267)

Now we finally know why Anya was so afraid of rabbits... She saw their future as our masters...

That's one step closer! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6694268)

Soon we are going to have rael catgirls

--
The world needs more catgirls

Hoax (2, Funny)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694271)

...made by fusing human skin cells with rabbit eggs...

This has to be a hoax. Rabbits are mammals and give live birth.

In Soviet Russia (0, Troll)

muirhead (698086) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694274)

In Soviet Russia rabbit human hybrids clone you.

(I really am so very sorry.)

(grand) Parenting nightmare (1)

dkh2 (29130) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694275)

I really dread the time when this creature reaches puberty.

I can see the headlines now:

Long eared, carrot loving chearleader breeds like rabbits.

Population Explosion... (0, Redundant)

danschwarz (27138) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694277)

China thought they had a population problem before. Ever heard the phrase, "F like Rabbits."

-Dan

This was predicted by Southpark... (1, Funny)

pastpolls (585509) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694282)

I just want to know when I can get a monkey with five asses.

If sigs are for losers, and this is a sig, then I am a loser!

Looks like it's already happened... (1)

souter (128143) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694288)

http://carnival-in-rethymnon-crete-greece.com/Rabi t2_jp40.jpg

Chinese cloning (0, Funny)

uigrad_2000 (398500) | more than 11 years ago | (#6694297)

Those chinese are cloning everything! Next think we know, they'll be cloning DVD's!

Oh, wait. Just move on...

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