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Old May 5 2010, 04:11 PM   #1
Dusty Ayres
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Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

That's what I've been wondering since I saw 'The trouble With Tribbles' yesterday-it looks like the people of Earth have stopped treating GMF's as the spawn of Satan in the 23rd century. Anybody agree with me? Or not?
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Old May 5 2010, 05:33 PM   #2
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Re: Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

Dusty Ayres wrote: View Post
That's what I've been wondering since I saw 'The trouble With Tribbles' yesterday-it looks like the people of Earth have stopped treating GMF's as the spawn of Satan in the 23rd century. Anybody agree with me? Or not?
It would apear that way.
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Old May 5 2010, 05:43 PM   #3
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Re: Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

Even today, people who object to genetically modified food only seem to object to recently genetically modified food, as opposed to, say, vegetables that was genetically modified decades ago via selective breeding, which certainly modifies the genetic code of the resulting food in comparison to the earlier source species.
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Old May 5 2010, 05:48 PM   #4
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Re: Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

It's probably possible to make a tortured technobabbly explanation that argues otherwise, but I can't think of any other way that it would make sense.
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Old May 5 2010, 05:54 PM   #5
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Re: Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

Of course it was genetically modified.

Quadro-Tritcalios: The only cereal Khan would touch in the morning.
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Old May 5 2010, 06:06 PM   #6
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Re: Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

Real Tricale dates to the 19th century. There is nothing exotic about it.

The "quadro" of the Trek variety apparently referes to the shape of the kernel.


Wiki has a fairly good writeup.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrotriticale
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Old May 5 2010, 10:23 PM   #7
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Re: Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

According to Spock, "Quadrotriticale is a high-yield grain, a hybrid of wheat and rye. A perennial, also, I believe. Its root grain, triticale, can trace its ancestry back to 20th century Canada."

The implication is that quadrotriticale was created by further hybridization and selective breeding, the same kind of genetic modification we've been practicing on our crops and domesticated animals for thousands of years. Nothing new.

Genetic modification of the sort that's being done today, by manipulating individual genes and inserting genes from one species into the genetic material of another, was unknown in the 1960s.
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Old May 7 2010, 04:47 AM   #8
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Re: Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

^ This. scotpens covers everything I was going to say.
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