Nightly News   |  November 13, 2013

507-year-old clam killed in the name of research

A clam that survived the Enlightenment, two World Wars and the Ford Pinto died after researchers opened it up. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> bitter sweet story about a clam in the news. it was a favorite of researchers when it was discovered seven years ago in the waters off iceland. they named it ming. they knew by opening it they would kill it but they did for research. back then they determined it was 405 years old. subsequent research just out oh proves it was actually 507 years old. that means ming the clam survived the enlightenment, two world wars , internet dial-up and the ford pinto . this was