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Scientists discover gene for gullibility - Evil Gerald exclusive!

If you thought that the scientists who recently discovered that you get more wet if you walk through rain than if you run were the smartest people ever, then prepare to change your mind or be completely wrong. Because the Evil Gerald can exclusively reveal today that boffins at UCD's Biotechnology lab have discovered the human DNA gene for gullibility.

Earlier this week, this reporter was invited to view the groundbreaking research being conducted by UCD's Professor Ian Barfield and his assistants. Dressed in a long white coat, Prof. Barfield lead me into the research centre, promising cheerfully that he had "something very exciting for your readers".

A scientist grows genes in special pots

Inside, he invited me to peer into a microscope over a petri-dish full of stuff in water. All I could see were green circular
things bobbing about in the goo.

"What is it?", I asked.
"Well," he answered with a smile, "We've been working on this for many months, but I think we've finally cracked it.
That is the gene for human gullibility".

"Wow!", I said, "Really?"

"Yes, really", he replied.
"Once we had isolated with X-rays what areas of the DNA strand controlled gullibility", he continued, "We tested the individual genes by removing them with a stethoscope and then interviewing the subject to see if they were more or less gullible then before".

"When we knew for certain which gene it was, we patented it with lasers so that nobody else would be able to use it".

"That sounds difficult", I pressed him.
"Oh, it was", he answered, with a broad grin. "We nearly missed and hit the gene for eyebrows by mistake. That would have been awful".

Regretfully, I had to leave at that point, but Professor Barfield, by now giggling with excitement at his discovery, insisted I take home one of the genes that they had taken out of a dead man.

"It looks very big", I remarked, rolling the thimble-sized, bean-like object between my fingers.

"Yes," replied the Professor, "But you'd be surprised how many genes the legs can hold".



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