A tabloid magazine at a supermarket checkout exclaims, “Scientists Breed 4-Foot Tall Chicken.” A photo shows a giant chicken that supposedly weighs 74 pounds and will solve the world’s hunger problem. What do you think about this headline? Assuming an average chicken stands 14 inches tall and weighs 7 pounds, would a 4-foot chicken weigh 74 pounds? Is it possible for a chicken to be 4 feet tall? Explain your reasoning.

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A tabloid magazine at a supermarket checkout exclaims, “Scientists Breed 4-Foot Tall Chicken.” A photo shows a giant chicken that supposedly weighs 74 pounds and will solve the world’s hunger problem. What do you think about this headline? Assuming an average chicken stands 14 inches tall and weighs 7 pounds, would a 4-foot chicken weigh 74 pounds? Is it possible for a chicken to be 4 feet tall? Explain your reasoning.

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Well, this new breed of chicken is considerably less than four times the height of the average chicken, whilst being more than ten times the average weight. And no, I very much doubt the plasticity of the chicken's genome would allow for it to grow to four feet.

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