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Chinese botanical boffins have produced more than 120 new varieties of fruit and veg over the past quarter of a century by mutating regular plant seeds in space. The seeds of nearly 400 plant varieties have been shot into the heavens over the period – 23 times in recoverable satellites and ten times on manned space missions, …

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The Reg can do better!

Not quite sure what "simulated conditions" would be, or how they would differ from actual conditions. The fact that nobody else does this anymore points out that this has not been cutting-edge science for some decades, if ever. It's already possible to induce as many mutations as one wants on Earth (even more than one per seed on average), and to choose among methods that cause big changes (e.g. deletions/inversions) or small changes (e.g. single-base changes); the reason for this weak Chinese PR plant is most likely to try to drum up domestic support for the country's space program.

Now, if mutated sees produced Tang, that would be worth reading about!

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Or, perhaps like with so many projects, only those that are of serious interest are cast to the unwanted pile publically.

Just saying.

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Tsk, with a subject line like that, I was thinking you'd come up with a brilliant idea for the next Special Project!

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«... the reason for this weak Chinese PR plant is most likely to try to drum up domestic support for the country's space program». Yes, indeed, «MondoMan», the royal road to drumming up domestic support for the Chinese space programme is to plant an article in the Reg, which has an enormous circulation in the Chinese blogosphere ! One wonders just what «mondo» it is in which you reside....

Henri

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Much cheaper...

Just put the seeds a carefully-measured distance from a reactor core.

Or, if the safety checks aren't enforced, from the cooling water outlet.

The lead-lined one, please.

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I for one welcome our new capsicum overlords..

Space chillis? Where can I lay my hands on some? Surely the perfect addition to any chicken tikka mirsala?

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Re: I for one welcome our new capsicum overlords..

Chicken Tikka? That's for softies!

Try Chicken Tarka, it's 'otter...

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You nearly received a down vote, that was soooo bad.

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Just let the plants do it for themselves.

Here at chez jake, we typically have four or five "sports" grow from last year's fruit (squash/melon, peppers, tomatos, sometimes corn(maize), various herbs, tree fruit, nuts, etc.) ... Some are useful, others not so much. Most are "volunteers" that grow from the culls that we toss out to the periphery of the rows to feed the wild critters[1]. In the late Winter, I harvest the volunteer plants & re-locate them to my greenhouse. In early Spring, I transplant them into a test-plot. The rest are from the seeds that I harvest from particularly nice produce ... Sometimes it's a good idea to allow a portion of a "perfect" tomato to liquefy, ferment for a week or so, and then separate, dry & save the seeds for next year, instead of eating the whole thing ;-)

[1] Better to provide over-ripe fruit for the wild-ones outside the garden than allow them to forage for themselves within it ...

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Come on China, don't you remember the bloody Vervoids? STOP IT NOW!!!

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They should be mutating reptiles, then they can open dinosaur theme parks that eat tourists.

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I'm still waiting

for someone like the Chinese or Russians to come out with some triffids.

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That'll be the day!

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