Who is out there pushing the limits of plant and animal artificial selection/domestication/bioengineering?
June 28, 2010 8:01 AM Subscribe
Who is out there pushing the whimsical/impractical limits of plant and animal artificial selection/domestication/bioengineering? Since reading about Belyaev's domesticated foxes
, I'm curious to know about other ambitious programs where the desired end-product is less "stepwise cosmetic refinement" and more "3-foot-tall playful house-giraffe."
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj to science & nature (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
If humans can get a chihuahua or a great dane from some common-ancestor "ur-canid" in a couple of thousand years of somewhat unfocused trial and error, can not these forces be brought to bear more quickly with the tools and understanding we now possess? I guess I'm thinking of more fantastical and/or whimsical modifications to organisms, rather than, say, increased resistance to dutch-elm disease, or whatever. Who is trying things like these, and what are their results?
Also acceptable: hot-pink grapes, blueberries the size of cantaloupes, cantaloupes the size of blueberries, 1 meter wide venus flytraps, massively-lactating bats (for cheese production), red lightning-bugs, onion-flavored potatoes, etc.