[LMB] GMO, was Happy Winterfa(i)re Everyone!

Paula Lieberman paal at filker.org
Tue Dec 30 00:19:00 GMT 2014

Genetic encoding turns out to be less complicated in the DNA than scientists 
had expected.  What hadn't been anticipated as influences, are how important 
signalling is in turning on and off genes.  There's a researcher at Tufts 
University who whose grown ears and other parts in strange places on animals 
by intervening in signaling during incubation, and who has experimented with 
the timing involved regarding anole's ability to regrow cutoff toes before a 
certain number of days after hatching, but not after than number of days, by 
playing with signalling.

Relevance to the below--Lois' SF has advance GMO capabilities.  The reality 
today is that some genomes have been completely mapped, and at least parts 
of her future universe, does not have aversions to GMO implementation.  The 
ships sent out, could have genome and such informtion, and rely upon GMO 
tech to select and adapt the most promising 
approaches/characteristics/qualities to produce flora and fauna optimized 
for planets being colonized.

Janet Kagan's Mirabile stories, had it as given that the GMO tech survived, 
however, what didn't survive was the databases which had all the gene and 
flora and fauna encodings, so that there were -surprises- popping up all the 

--Paula Lieberman
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On 12/27/2014 4:01 AM, A. Marina Fournier wrote:
> Baker Seed--http://www.rareseeds.com/haricot-tarbais-bean/?F_All=Y I have 
> other sources for bean seed specialists, too.

I have to wonder - knowing how many heirloom *and* hybrid varieties of
pretty much everything growing there are how one would decide to take
with one to a brand new world. I suppose if cloning were possible after
the fact, all you would need to do is have a male and female of every
plant that takes both, and a single exemplar of everything else ready to
grow and clone. But I have never been a fan of monocropping, hence my
liking of heirloom plants.

I think if I were organizing a move to somewhere like a newly
terraformed planet, I would probably try to take 5 or 10 different
varieties of everything I could get in seed packets - if I didn't want
to actually grow any specific one, I could always trade seeds with
people. That way I could tailor for specific growth zones as well. 

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