Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Horizontal Gene Transfer in Plants

I came across an interesting article in the most recent edition of Nature, in which is disclosed the discovery that horizontal gene transfer between distantly related plants is, far from being merely a dangerous tool of reckless researchers tampering with the stuff of life, in fact commonplace in nature! How will the anti-GM campaigners reconcile this discovery with their platform, I wonder? Of course, this assumes that they actually bother to read the scientific literature anyway, or that they'd be willing to publicly acknowledge information that contradicted their viewpoint, even if they were aware of said information.

*[Nature, Vol. 424, 10 July 2003, Page 197: "Widespread Horizontal Transfer of Mitochondrial Genes in Flowering Plants", U. Bergthorsson, K.L. Adams, et al.]