- Northern Illinois to get $8.3 million for state construction projects
- Tree-lighting festival kicks off holiday season in Machesney Park
- Roscoe Boy Scout Troop’s tree stand at new location
- Tips for selecting safe toys for kids this holiday season
- Prayer service for World AIDS Day Nov. 30
- Food Bank joins national #GivingTuesday movement
- Lee Hamilton: What lies ahead for Congress
- Rockford Public Schools faces $8.8 deficit, board OKs flat tax, HR chief
- Literary Hook: A holiday tradition: ‘This Thanksgiving, Remember’
- Cold snap does not negate global warming
Mixing genes causes confusion
Last year, I expressed my concerns about combining the DNA (genes) of plants and animals. Evidently, it’s becoming even more commonplace. The addition of rodent DNA with our corn seed so as to prevent some corn diseases was protested heavily in Europe, but rather hushed up here.
Likewise, the union of coldwater fish’s DNA with some tomato plants is still going on — the result being a longer productive season for the tomatoes.
However, this is the first time the following has occurred, to my knowledge:
The latest Smithsonian magazine (March 2013) reports of the successful blending of a pink petunia’s DNA with a radical artist’s DNA! The artist, Eduardo Kac from Brazil, calls this bizarre experiment “transgenic art” and even likens the red-colored veins in the flower’s petals to his own veins. Tell me, if you step on this flower, are you killing a human or a flower?
“Oh, brave new world that has such people in it!” — The Tempest, Shakespeare
From the April 24-30, 2013, issue