I'd like to take a minute to call your attention to a terrific story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this Sunday on the scientific and political battles that surround efforts to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
Okay, the headline - Fish Barrier vs. Carp DNA: What to believe? - isn't all that compelling. But the story, by Dan Egan, is. It's a beautifully written narrative of experimental genetics research, old-time fish barriers, court battles, exasperated scientists, the U.S. Corp of Engineers and, of course, the relentless progress of the carp toward one of American's greatest fisheries.
It starts with style:
"Anyone who has looked into the soupy river and canal waters flowing through Chicago knows that even with a diver's mask and halogen light you'd be...