Archive for November 13th, 2003

Genetically Modified Crops Nothing New

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WASHINGTON (AP) Ancient Americans were changing corn genes through selective
breeding more than 4,000 years ago, according to researchers who
say the modifications produced the large cobs and fat kernels that
make corn one of humanity’s most important foods.

In a study that compared the genes of corn cobs recovered in Mexico and
the southwestern United States, researchers found that three key genetic
variants were systematically enhanced, probably through selective cultivation,
over thousands of years.

"Civilization has been built on genetically modified plants," said
Nina V. Fedoroff of Pennsylvania State University

from
AP News

Kerry Born to be Wild

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Or wilder than Howard Dean, at any rate. Talk about jumping the shark!
At this rate John Kerry may be jumping the grand canyon next. It’s a sad
day when action figures become governors and presidential candidates want
to be action figures. Maybe he could jump over an aircraft carrier….


Presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., makes his entrance by driving
a Harley-Davidson motorcycle onstage to a welcome from "Tonight Show" host
Jay Leno, at right, at NBC studios in Burbank, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 11,
2003. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

from
AP News

A Chip Off the Old Blog

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One of the nicest perks of this education business is hearing from ex-students or people who attended one of my sessions who write to say thanks or just Hi!. This partially compensates for the slave wages, sweatshop working conditions and exposure to congenitally imbecilic administrators.

It is even better when their missives bear witness to the success of the instruction. Such was my delight to hear from Jennifer Crane, who attended one of my Blogging 101 sessions at BloggerCon – and promptly ran home and started a Blog! And it’s a killer! Check it our at Overhydrated. Keep up the fine blogging, Jennifer, and don’t be afraid to go crazy with those photos! Remember, you are covered by the E-TAG site liscence.