A ‘Modesty’ Proposal
The radio news show “Marketplace,” from American Public Media, reports that Chinese scientists have discovered viable DNA in the frozen carcass of a wooly mammoth. They plan on developing the DNA in the egg of a modern-day elephant.
Brilliant. State-of-the-art science.
Or it would be, if this wasn’t the exact plot of a storyline in Peter O’Donnell’s groundbreaking comic strip “Modesty Blaise.” The storyline, “The Return of the Mammoth,” ran in England’s Evening Standard Newspaper.
Was O’Donnell drawing on “ripped from the headline” news stories? Not likely. His story ran in the summer of 1984.
I always knew O’Donnell was a genius storyteller. But it’s nice to see that, a quarter century later, some of the world’s best geneticists are starting to catch up to him.
Posted on December 6, 2011, in Blog and tagged American Public Media, APM, Marketplace, Modesty Blaise, Peter O'Donnell, The Return of the Mammoth. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on A ‘Modesty’ Proposal.