Quadro-triticale: a genetically modified food?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Dusty Ayres, May 5, 2010.

  1. Dusty Ayres

    Dusty Ayres Commodore

    Jan 29, 2004
    ANS Yamato, Sector 5, Sol System
    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?
  2. GalaxyClass1701

    GalaxyClass1701 Captain Captain

    Dec 21, 2009
    USS Titan
    It would apear that way.
  3. lstyer

    lstyer Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 19, 2009
    Huntington, WV
    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.
  4. Shatnertage

    Shatnertage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 20, 2010
    Ward Fowler's gofer.
    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.
  5. JohnChod

    JohnChod Captain Captain

    Sep 28, 2001
    Buffalo, NY (USA)
    Of course it was genetically modified.

    Quadro-Tritcalios: The only cereal Khan would touch in the morning.
  6. Xerxes1979

    Xerxes1979 Captain Captain

    Apr 18, 2009
    Gamma Hydra Section 10
    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.

  7. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
  8. M'Sharak

    M'Sharak Definitely Herbert. Maybe. Moderator

    Aug 22, 2002
    Terra Inlandia
    ^ This. scotpens covers everything I was going to say.