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Re: Maytag Red (Iris Humor?)

Carolyn,  I'm sure the Maytag is for self-cleaning and also because maytag
washers are so dependable they have put that poor repair man out of work for
as long as I can remember.  Remember that everyone was complaining about new
iris introductions lacking dependability.


At 06:37 PM 11/28/96 -0700, you wrote:
>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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