[LMB] Milkweed and mutations

Gretchen Wright gretchen.m.wright at gmail.com
Thu Oct 10 19:25:23 BST 2019


This news item is doubly on topic: it features Fawn's favorite useless
thing (milkweed) and it involves genetic engineering!

Executive summary: scientists found three mutations that make monarch
butterflies immune to milkweed toxin,  and were able to prove it by
introducing the mutations into fruit flies via CRISPR.

So there's another category of mods for the discerning futuristic parent to
consider: immunity to various poisons!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191002131939.htm


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