Here are some runners-up in the Elephant Origin Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor the study “A Simple and Inexpensive Molecular Method for Sexing and Identification of the Forensic Samples of Elephant Origin,” Sandeep K. Gupta, Kumarasamy Thangaraj [pictured here], Lalji Singh, Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 51, no. 4, July 2006, pp. 805-7.
(The winner will be announced in the March issue of mini-AIR, which with any luck will come out some time in the next day or two.)
If all you discover is goo –
Is it tusker, or cow or gnu?
Just pull out our kit
And sample a bit
And we’ll mail back the answer to you!
Molecular markers can try
to sex elephants after they die.
Although its of use
to stop poaching abuse;
it’s unlikely to make CSI.
The elephants’ death will no more
go unmourned on the forest’s dank floor.
Though they rot, we’ll still find
from their remnants–refined–
markers telling us what genes they wore.
—Tusks long gone, little’s left,
—Lady pachyderm’s bereft.
—What might science bring?
—Gupta, Thangaraj, and Singh,
—Unmasking ignoble theft.
Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust
So posit the poachers, so vast is their crust
They kill and dismember,
But bits still remember,
For this is the researchers’ thrust.