Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Hunt for a Red Iris

The New York Times wrote an interesting piece on trying to create a red iris. This is tougher than you might think because the red gene doesn't exist in iris.

We're talking biotechnology here. You decide if it's worth it (it will be in monetary terms to the successful breeder).

But is it an "iris" if it has a gene for producing lycopene (the "red" in tomato) taken from a red pepper ?

That's like a "blue" rose.

What vanity. What nonsense. Spend your life making a difference somehow -- better than creating Frankiniris for matrons with more money than common sense.


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