Monday, September 12, 2011

Link roundup

1. "US researcher Eric Poeschla has produced three glowing GM cats by using a virus to carry a gene, called green fluorescent protein (GFP), into the eggs from which the animals eventually grew." (If scientists admit to creating stuff like this, what have they done and kept secret?)

2. And speaking of genetic modification, I choose to believe that this is true:

Allegedly [carrots] are orange for entirely political reasons: in the 17th century, Dutch growers are thought to have cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange – who led the the struggle for Dutch independence – and the color stuck. A thousand years of yellow, white and purple carrot history, was wiped out in a generation.
(If you're not familiar with William of Orange, then I highly recommend Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver.)

3. 15% off t-shirts at Zazzle with the code TEEMUGSPROST (through 9/25). I recommend Miskatonic University, Vonster, Adam Koford, and my own store.


  1. Purple carrots are still around, I get them in my gardenshare, but I'd bet if they put them in supermarkets people wouldn't know what they are.


    This was done in mice about ten years ago with mice. It's not as spooky or arcane as it seems. It's just jelly-fish DNA introduced to other animal's DNA. People hear terms like virus (a common way of introducing transgenic material in oocytes like sperm and eggs) and freak out.

    Jelly-fish bioluminesce, and so do the animals who receive the genes to produce this protein. They've actually progressed past green and have mice that glow blue, purple, and pink as well.

    Science is happening all around you.

  3. Orange carrots are not due to actively modifying their DNA by man, but due to selective breeding, cross-bread hybridization, and natural mutations. How the world has been doing farming (animal and vegetable) for centuries. That's the major difference and the underlying issue of acceptance of such.

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