June 27, 2007

Part-human chimerae

Filed under: Uncategorized — hipbone @ 10:00 am


And what do the bishops propose we do about these creatures?

A human gene that Japanese researchers have inserted into rice enables the plant to break down a portfolio of chemicals now used on farms to kill weeds. The unusual breadth of that herbicide resistance could circumvent a major shortcoming of existing genetically engineered crops and also open new avenues for cleaning up contaminated soils. Some scientists, however, are concerned that weeds growing with the rice could eventually acquire the human gene and become herbicide-resistant superweeds.

Ben Harder, Rice with a Human Touch, Science News, April 16, 2005


1 Comment »

  1. A most excellent juxtaposition — from my own, rather strange point of view, anyway. I couldn’t resist singling it out for recommendation on the “kindred souls” page of my journal site.

    Comment by Marshall Massey — June 27, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

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