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splicing DNA, is a game everyone can play


..ran across this tidbit..
excellent quality SEM photo of agrobacterium
tumefaciens
caught in the act of "sharing" with a fungus.
[a fungus commonly used in agriculture to kill insects;
work being done to increase its lethality via "gene splicing" using the ever popular agrobacterium]

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubensduarte/34583799/



What struck me, is that the experiment being
displayed is not the product of some "gov't lab"..or
even some huge deep pocket corp like Monsanto.

It's just some grad student working on his Master's
project..in Brazil.

...how many people are out there doing their own
special variety of cross Kingdom "shake and bake"?

..what happens to the results of such experiments..
not only the "successes"..but the "failures"?
The new "critter" that you just patched together
does not seem to be expressing the right genes..
..drat..can't use this. So, what becomes of the
"franken bug"?

Just toss it into the trash can or toilet and.."try again, Wilbur"?

..it's not like college students are necessarily fastidious
about maintaining "bio-safe lab" protocols.

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