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To: SunkenCiv
The UC Davis team is already making such varieties, not by genetic engineering but through crossing domesticated wheat plants with wild relatives. The key is a technology called Marker Assisted Selection (MAS). This allows scientists to select which plants to cross using genetic information

Now why is this different than genetic engineering?

I can see now that Political Correctness and fear of science and technology is slowing Technological advances and impeding important advances that save lives.

Fankinfood! Oh brother!

What could be done by genetic engineering in hours will instead be done in months or years.

4 posted on 11/24/2006 8:02:38 PM PST by Pontiac (All are worthy of freedom, none are incapable.)
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To: Pontiac
The key is a technology called Marker Assisted Selection (MAS). This allows scientists to select which plants to cross using genetic information.

Now why is this different than genetic engineering?

Or eugenics? This is wheat eugenics. Only the wheat with the properties deemed most desirable shall be selected.

California, what can I tell ya.

7 posted on 11/24/2006 8:52:29 PM PST by freespirited (The MSM is the root of all evil.)
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To: Pontiac
What could be done by genetic engineering in hours will instead be done in months or years.

What profitith it a seed company to produce in hours, grain that the peasants won't buy?

This process may take longer, and the resultant seed end up identical to the GM seed, but end-market acceptance is assured.

Yes, it is a form of pandering to Luddites, but in the end, we all benefit from the improved seed/grain.

8 posted on 11/24/2006 9:35:57 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Pontiac
Now why is this different than genetic engineering?

If you can't see the difference between crossbreeding and genetic engineering, go back to school.

12 posted on 11/25/2006 10:36:27 AM PST by aimhigh
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