from Genetics Online 4th June 2002
at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene were shocked to
discover the second known case of Iconic Assimilation Syndrome
(IAS) when they discovered that one of the chromosomes taken
from a 7 year old female human subject was in fact a silhouette
of Mickey Mouse. IAS or Kyoto Syndrome was first discovered
by Japanese scientists in 1998 working on chromosome karyotyping
at Kyoto University. The chromosome in question was found to
perfectly match the Macdonalds 'M' logo.
Speculation as to how visual icons are being assimilated into
genetic material range from the genetic modification of foodstuffs
to low level massively repeating pattern recognition in the
visual cortex of parents. With only 2 reported cases, the theories
remain highly speculative.
Whilst company lawyers investigate legal issues in regards ownership
of the discovered chromosomes and issues of copyright and use
of company trademarked properties, there are unconfirmed reports
of a department of health / FDA investigation.