Posts by Joe Wylie

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  • Hard News: Clover It,

    We'll have GM'ed insects, bacteria, and even humans soon enough, and you won't be able to undo those things.

    True enough, though there may be some legal recourse. I remember hearing Colin Tudge being interviewed a few years back, where he looked forward to the day when a young man whose temperament led to his choosing to study philosophy might sue his parents for subjecting him to the kind of genetic manipulation that gave him the physique to be a champion basketball player.

    The message was that we may well presume to manipulate something that we don't fully understand the consequences of. While the term junk DNA doesn't seem to be used much of late, it seems an expression born of a dangerous arrogance.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4337 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Clover It,

    Thanks for the link Grace. Might I also add a plug for Colin Tudge's So Shall We Reap (How everyone who is liable to be born in the next ten thousand years could eat very well indeed; and why, in practice, our immediate descendants are likely to be in serious trouble).
    Like the National Geographic piece it's a rather better researched and visionary overview of the issues than the usual tediously ill-informed luddite vs. tech-worship pseudo-debate.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4337 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Clover It,

    Now, where have I heard that before, and how did that turn out?

    While it might be relevant here, the story that Margaret Thatcher's main achievement during her brief career as a research chemist was to discover a way to get more air into ice cream appears to be an urban myth.

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  • Hard News: Clover It,

    The development of crop varieties that fix their own nitrogen from the air and effectively provide their own fertiliser is being pursued in various places. That would be an amazing innovation.

    You reckon? All legumes - beans, peas, lentils, etc. - already do this to some degree without benefit of genetic assistance. Lupins are renowned for the high levels of nitrogen they produce, and are being increasingly grown as substitutes for soy beans. You probably already knew this, but to describe potential genetically engineered developments of such crops as amazing seems a bit like the flip side of the irrational caution that you criticise.

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  • Hard News: Costly indeed,

    Shane Jones ("I'm a movie buff") could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he'd rented another film, namely a pretty good Australian movie, The Dish, starring Sam Neill.

    Saw that. Bunch of endearing Aussie boofheads saving the day with No.8 wire and dumb luck, but I was left wondering what happened to the people who were smart enough to have built the dish itself.

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  • Hard News: Costly indeed,

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  • Cracker: A Whale of a Tale,

    For you Joe Wylie, (I have 2 friends with the surname Wylie, they are off to England 2 moro) I am glad we have crossed paths and money has nothing to do with it. :)

    Why thank you. Sadly enough I'm unable to claim acquaintance with any Bribiescas, but while I'm on it, perhaps you'd post a definitive guide to pronouncing your interesting name. My ignorance creates a little speed bump whenever I happen to scan it.

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  • Cracker: A Whale of a Tale,

    . . . but I don't generally move in those circles and really, to want to know salaries is a bit gossippy/ trash mag, don't you think?

    When you can't visit the dairy/gas station/supermarket without running across at least one billboard/magazine cover touting this week's trivia about Smuggy Buzzcut's contrived doings, all with his and TVNZ's obvious connivance, it seems a perfectly fair question.

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  • Cracker: A Whale of a Tale,

    (Sometimes he can be a dick.)

    If you look closely you can make it out.

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  • Cracker: A Whale of a Tale,

    Hmm. Posted that before I read your comment Giovanni.

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