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(BBC)   Scientists have created a frost-resistant tomato plant by adding an antifreeze gene from a cold-water fish to it   ( divider line
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3818 clicks; posted to Main » on 05 Mar 2004 at 12:41 AM (18 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2004-03-04 5:18:48 PM  
That's neat, but I'm still waiting for my tomaco.
2004-03-04 6:20:28 PM  
It's spelt with two t's. (and has been made already clicky clicky)
2004-03-04 6:31:29 PM  
Oh sure. Next you'll tell me that they built an escalator to nowhere.
2004-03-04 6:36:15 PM  
that's really gonna ruin frozen pizza.
2004-03-04 6:36:57 PM  
I wouldn't dream of it! But i can't wait for this
2004-03-04 6:44:50 PM  
Did I say two t's? I meant two c's. It's late and I'm tired.
2004-03-05 12:45:34 AM  
Just as long as I'm not required to take the tomato in for a tuneup every 20,000 miles.
2004-03-05 12:49:05 AM  
I, for one, welcome our new hybrid engineered super-tomatofish overlords.

/had to be done
2004-03-05 12:50:43 AM  
I for one welcome our frozen-hearted (yet ice-resisting) killer tomato overlords.
2004-03-05 12:51:41 AM  
"She's a witch!"

"Please, Dr. Koop!"

You know, just to round out the Simpsons references.
2004-03-05 12:53:04 AM  
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2004-03-05 12:53:10 AM  
I for one Welcome our frost-resistant gene tampered anti-freezing overlo........ wasnt funny last year either.
2004-03-05 12:53:12 AM  
Damn you Incursion! Damn you and your fast typing TO HELL!!!
2004-03-05 12:53:52 AM  
How long until McDonalds, Wendy's, et al, figure out how to freeze them again?
2004-03-05 12:54:20 AM  
I'm still waiting for my skunkapotamus
2004-03-05 12:54:36 AM  
...and everyone knows how good anti-freeze is for lower animals...

(Didn't RTFA, just generally anti-mad-scientist-dna-farking-with-nature. Fun to play with, sure. But I ain't gonna eat it. Or the glowing jellyfish/potatoe leaf gene cross.)
2004-03-05 12:57:41 AM  
so does it smell like fish, or anti-freeze?
2004-03-05 12:58:10 AM  
Okay, am I the only one who's mildly disturbed by all the animal-vegetable cross-breeding going on these days? Pig genes, sheep genes, and fish genes come from...well...pigs, sheep, and fish. When I bite into a tomato, I'm not expecting a nice, juicy burst of fish. Bleah!

What really freaks me out is the total disregard for allergy research these farkers have. I remember a few years back when some bright bulb decided to try peanut genes in tomatoes (what is it with tomatoes, anyway? Why is everyone engineering them, and not, say, rutabagas, which is more fun to say?) Fortunately, someone realized in the nick of time that peanuts will kill a small percentage of the population dead, and the project was halted. But those pean-atoes almost made it to market...
2004-03-05 12:58:19 AM  
...but can you eat them? Or moreover, will they kill you if you do?
2004-03-05 12:58:50 AM  
Eh... maybe it's my fear of tinkering with DNA, but this kind of bugs me. I'll take my organic vine-ripened field tomatoes, thanks!

/damn hippie
2004-03-05 12:59:04 AM  
as a scientist I'm glad that there are some practical inroads being made in genetic modification.

Wonder how much father we could get if it weren't for the tinfoil hat crew who think that attack of the killer tomatoes is imminnent.
2004-03-05 12:59:18 AM  
Tomatoshark- dangerous unless squeezed or stepped on.
2004-03-05 12:59:52 AM  
thanks for stealing my thunder ibrett
2004-03-05 12:59:55 AM  
What about that sever mechanism lizards and crawfish have? If you woke up with a girl your couldn't stand you could just detach your arm and grow a new one. Or that bug with wings that look like leaves, if you didn't want to work on Saturday you could stand in front of some office plant to avoid detection. Or have a rattle snkae rattle installed on your butt to let idiots know when they are annyoing you. I welcome this brave new world with open(and detachable) arms.
FNG [TotalFark]
2004-03-05 1:01:19 AM  
sounds fishy to me
2004-03-05 1:01:37 AM  
I like people who fear genetic engineered food, then goes and pigs out on fried foods and beer.

You realize that your cheeseburger is much much more likely to contribute to your death than any genetically engineered tomato.
2004-03-05 1:02:09 AM  
No problem, Slappy00.

/can't muster the enthusiasm to cackle like an evil genius.
2004-03-05 1:04:30 AM  
I welcome the chance to eat every genetically modified horror of creation that is put before me at the supermarket. If we can better utilize our farming potential by genentically engineering our crops to scream in agony as they're harvested, what do I care?

Organic food is for pussies.
2004-03-05 1:04:41 AM  
Jebus - you people need to realize that you CAN'T play GOD. You're manipulating nature, and who knows what the result will be?

Sure, you'll get more food, but who knows what the side-effects will be?

Nothing good has ever come from farking with Mother Nature.

/Devil's Advocate
2004-03-05 1:05:18 AM  
I'm just waiting for the THC producing carrot.
2004-03-05 1:06:11 AM  
oh wow spliced-gene tom...

WTF is that thing in the fark personals? a guy or a girl???
2004-03-05 1:06:33 AM  

Skunkapotamus? Damn, that thing would win /every/ farting contest ;-)

2004-03-05 1:06:43 AM  
i beleive your octoparrot would agree.
2004-03-05 1:06:45 AM  
UHHHHHH...doesn't this mean WE'LL be eating some nice ant-freeze in the end?
2004-03-05 1:06:58 AM  
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"It tastes like cigarette butts"
2004-03-05 1:08:30 AM  

I don't regard concern about genetic engineering to be suitable for the "tinfoil hat" label, since there are real, valid concerns. There've been enough problems with genetically tinkered food that was thought to be safe until (or just before) its release into the food supply that I think it merits real caution.

I'm not strictly opposed to genetically modified foods (although I'm of the organic, granola-crunchy hippy-food variety, myself). What I am opposed to is the use of the American eating public being used as guinea pigs. Genetically modified foods should be adopted slowly and carefully, and only after years or even decades of research. I guess, when it comes to my food supply, I'm really really really conservative.
2004-03-05 1:09:59 AM  

i wonder if food started scream in pain as it was harvested, would PETA start protesting in support of the plants.

what can we eat then.

PETA is evil!
they are trying to starve us into submission.
2004-03-05 1:10:45 AM  
Why is everyone so afraid of gene manipulation in organisms? More often than not, you'd eat the two things they've spliced together alone anyway. Besides allergies (which could be a serious problem), it's not like there are packets of fish flesh within the tomatoes. It's genes, its changing things at a very molecular level, so that the cells produce different types of proteins and enzymes. What's so scary about that?
2004-03-05 1:11:16 AM  
Just want to make sure I've got this straight before I go to bed. People generally agree that it is safe to consume flounder. In doing so, you necessarily consume the freeze-resistant protein (note: not antifreeze as in ethylene glycol). And everyone's okay with that. But consuming that same protein via tomato flesh rather than flounder flesh is scary. Am I missing an important subtlety here?
2004-03-05 1:11:56 AM  
Nothing good has ever come from farking with Mother Nature.
Hoover dam, crops that grow better in dry climates for 3rd worlders...
2004-03-05 1:12:51 AM  
i dont care
if its cheaper than usual i will probably buy it.

2004-03-05 1:14:47 AM  
shoulda had a COOL tag
2004-03-05 1:14:58 AM  

Yeah, but...



I actually agree with you - and love all the advancements that science brings.

I was just trying (poorly) to play Devil's Advocate.

You win, I surrender.
2004-03-05 1:15:04 AM  
Ummmm, sounds YUMMY!

(NOT, Crappy stiff orange fruit, most likely)

Red Ripe tomatoes have become so unusual that many menu photos now include images of the crappy orange ones.
2004-03-05 1:15:11 AM  
I could have sworn these things made it to market years ago.
2004-03-05 1:16:41 AM  
I scrolled by the movie poster real fast and momentarily thought someone had cross-bred Howard Dean with a tomato.
2004-03-05 1:16:44 AM  
2004-03-05 1:17:29 AM  
Yeah I saw the devils advocate thingy, I knew you weren't Amish. Plus the whole using the internet thing tipped me off too.
2004-03-05 1:20:06 AM  
anti-freeze laden, fish gene tomatoes? Wonder what this will do for the frozen anchovy pizza industry?
2004-03-05 1:20:39 AM  
OMG someone photoshop a tomatofish now!

lovehate- If body parts were detatchable then make your own dildo kits would become obsolete! I immediately thought of that song when I read your post.

/wishes he had a detachable wang
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