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Brownback wants creatures to remain mythical

The long-running crusade by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., against chimera research has some people tittering. Brownback attracted 20 co-sponsors (including one Democrat) for the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act, introduced Friday, which would ban the laboratory creation of "part-human, part-animal creatures" that "blur the line between species," according to his Web site. "This legislation works to ensure that our society recognizes the dignity and sacredness of human life," he said.But among the reactions:"As our nation suffers through the greatest economic decline in a generation and our country’s brightest minds are working tirelessly to reverse course, what does Sen. Brownback propose? Banning mermaids," wrote Chris Harris of Media Matters.And a Daily Kos posting is headlined "Mermaids, Centaurs, Minotaurs and Satyrs Against Brownback."