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Re: hosta-open DIGEST V1 #618


At 01:34 PM 11/23/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>Dan:
>
>>As this technology gets more wide spread the likelihood of a hosta
>>finding itself in front of a gene gun gets higher and higher. Red 
>>leaves on hostas can't be too far away.
>
>Would a transgenic hosta still be a hosta?  I know and understand the 
>benefits of genetic engineering, and also its danagers.  While there 
>is little chance that a transgenic hosta would end up unleashing some 
>ultimate cataclysmic destruction of life on earth, I wonder which 
>would be more enjoyable, the red leaved hosta developed naturally or a 
>genetically engineered red leafed hosta?  The potential for genetic 
>engineering is almost unlimited, assuming we don't release into the 
>environment some undesirable results, which is a LOT easier to do then 
>many people think, and end up killing off ourselves.
>
>Joe Halinar
>
>Id love to be the one to develop a natural red leafed hosta, but, also,
hybridize 
with  a engineered hosta with  red leaves, like six of one  and a half
dozen of the other. indianabob
>
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