758: Raptor Fences
Title text: If at least one person has a nightmare about being swarmed by hundreds of mouse-sized dromaeosaurids, my work will have been done.
In the film Jurassic Park, the protagonists are menaced by carnivorous dinosaurs, including very large velociraptors (actual velociraptors were only about knee-high). Primordial Dwarfism is an extreme form of dwarfism that can manifest in all stages of life, including fetal. The disease is caused by a genetic mutation inherited from both parents.
The on-image caption suggests that the fear of being hunted by dinosaurs can be reduced by genetically engineering them to be many, many times smaller than they should be.
However, the title text suggests that this very same fear might well be increased, for at least some people, through exactly the same mechanism.
- [Cueball checks a computer terminal while a friend is running off in the opposite direction.]
- Cueball: The raptor fences are down. They're loose.
- Friend: I'll get a broom and dustpan.
- Jurassic Park got a lot less scary when the researchers discovered they could activate the gene for extreme dwarfism.