- Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2013 murder
- Telephone, computer network outages at 22 Rockford schools
- Byron native selected as Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Southwest
- Illinois Tollway awards $337 million in contracts, sets budget
- 44 earn bachelor’s degrees at Saint Anthony College of Nursing
- Goodwill opens Donation Express site on Perryville
- Rock Valley College to manage TechWorks program
- University of Illinois at Chicago names chancellor
- Salvation Army to distribute food, toys to nearly 2,000 families
- American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act signed into law
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