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Re: Maytag Red (Iris Humor?)

AWWWW, Donald, I loved it!!

You said:

I thought everyone
would realize from my original description that a geranium red,
self-cleaning iris such as MAYTAG RED doesn't really exist. 


and I say, BUT IT COULD!!

WNYIS has a member who teaches biology and such at Canisius College
talk to us about gene splicing. He said that with not too much work,
the marker for red (geranium??) can be transferred to the iris.

When asked why this work does not proceed, he said, merely because
there is no money for that kind of research.  It could be done, if
the interest was there and if grant monies from some source were available.

Over the top of my monitor I am looking at the November page of the 1996
AIS calendar which has, honest to goodness (sher..) geranium red irises!!

So with some "doctoring" of either the gene pool or the photography,
we can have a Maytag Red.

(why Maytag??)

Carolyn Schaffner in Buffalo, NY

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