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GardeningNC
Apr 22, 2011 6:57 AM CST
Heheheehe... well I dont think I have heard of them doing that - the genes they are using have specific purposes, so they wouldnt just use random gene from one plant in another for no reason. Now, some of the new intergeneric hybrids might be similar to what you are thinking... those are things like Verbena and Phlox - creating Velox, a 'new' species which would not exist in nature due to the natural process of creating seed or in some cases not creating. In this case the cross is done through pollination and then the developing embryo is removed and further allowed to develop off the mother plant - mother nature in this case would have the mother plant abort the embryo almost immediately upon fertilization, in other cases mother nature does not allow the egg and sperm of the plants to fuse in the pollination stage. So, this one I feel a bit better about, they are not manipulating the genes.

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