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Preening Shrimp

Air-breathing preening shrimp
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Shrimp that have been genetically engineered to breathe air and clean our scalps, skin and teeth. No more flossing! Many large African animals have birds that do the same thing for them, why do they rate more than humans?
galactus, Feb 09 2001

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       Why shrimp? You might as well start with something that breathes air and likes to live on our body in the first place.   

       Like dust mites, or head lice.
egnor, Feb 09 2001
  

       Having crawlies would take getting used to, though.
badoingdoing, Feb 09 2001
  

       I remember a haunting short story (but not its name or author) about a man who one day receives a kind of "miracle slug" that lives off hairs and dead epidermal cells. The slug crawls across his body, always looking for new places to eat; the sensation is quit pleasant, like slowly being licked clean by a big, raspy tongue. The man becomes emotionally dependent on the slug; his social life deteriorates. When he finally goes out and meets someone, the accidental encounter between his new girl friend and his slug ends in a catastrophe.
ping, Feb 09 2001
  

       Shrimp seem to be about the right size to begin with, and have many of the proper "tools" built in or easily modified (it's a simple matter of genetic programming...). Many species already pick dead organic matter out of rocky crevices, sort of like your mouth after a meal, and some arthropod species (like crabs) already spend time out of the water. However, crabs are the wrong shape. I envision the little shrimps sleeping or resting adorably curled up behind your ear, out of the way, yet close enough to take care of bidness.
galactus, Feb 09 2001
  

       If other animals get birds, I don't want some creepy crawly. Trained parrotts would be good for this, especially if we all dressed up as pirates. It would look entirely natural.
DrBob, Feb 09 2001
  

       Actually, you have a number of cleaner parasites on you at this time. There are quite a few residing in your eyebrows. Miniscule little buggers. I don't have any, though. I'm special.
thumbwax, Mar 28 2001
  

       You're supposed to *eat* the yogurt?
ping, Mar 30 2001
  

       Actaully, I had a pet parakeet that did just that, with no genetic engineering or training (that I know of). It would like salt off my skin if I had just been excersising, walk around on my head and search for tidbts, and so forth. Maybe if you had a whole fllock of parakeets it would havea really useful impact
pariah15, Mar 30 2001
  

       Actaully, I had a pet parakeet that did just that, with no genetic engineering or training (that I know of). It would lick salt off my skin if I had just been excersising, walk around on my head and search for tidbts, and so forth. Maybe if you had a whole fllock of parakeets it would havea really useful impact. Or they would eat you, wither way.
pariah15, Mar 30 2001
  

       *hrruuk!* Una! Did you /have/ to say that, about the maw worm?! Good grief! (..is there a way to unread?..)
absterge, Mar 30 2001
  

       not to be anal, but I'll be anal. Monkeys != gorillas != chimps. (neither gorillas nor chimps are monkeys; they are both different types of apes...just like us). OK, too much class for me...
Urania, Mar 31 2001
  

       Thanks for the links UB. I've got some wire wool and a bottle of disinfectant and I'm off to give myself a good scrub down right now.
DrBob, Mar 31 2001
  

       Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's....eeeew...
StarChaser, Apr 01 2001
  

       For all practical purposes, I'd stick to theLesser Apes-- the lemurs of Madagascar. /Fun Syntax Fact-oid: Upon the first typing of the above, I recommended 'the lepers of madagascar.' Nothin' against lepers, you see... But huuzbugh....
Tzvi, Jun 06 2001
  
      
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