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Perhaps You Were Looking for a New Ringtone

It's Friday, so indulge GTO in this trip to the land of things that sound funny. First up, we've got another DNA-based song for your entertainment. "I Love DNA" is by University of Colorado prof Jim Sikela and his daughter and pays tribute to Randy Newman's "I Love LA." We doubt that Randy would have come up with these lyrics, though: "We’re gonna’ sequence ‘til we / Just can’t sequence no more" or "Everybody at NIH is happy / And the sun is shinin’ bright today / Let’s put another genome away." You'll find links to lyrics and audio here, or click here to play the song.

Also, New Scientist has a story about a researcher who has simulated how Neanderthal speech may have sounded. Click here to go straight to the simulation.


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