Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Roses are Blue, Violets are Red...

Ok, not yet. But Yahoo reports Biotech goal: sweet-smelling blue roses:
SAN FRANCISCO - Roses are red, and a variety of other colors. But they've never been blue — an omission legions of rose breeders have sought for centuries to remedy.

"It would be a beautiful thing to see," said James
Armstrong, an award-winning flower show exhibitor and consultant with the San Francisco Rose Society.

Breakthroughs in biotechnology may finally resolve the quest for the elusive blue rose, which, alas, does not exist because roses lack the corresponding pigment genes.

Technology also promises to restore sweet smells to the rose and other flowers. Generations of commercial breeding has led to beautiful but bland- smelling roses. Their colors are stunning and vase lives long, but they've little fragrance.

Interesting. I have no idea why this story is int he AP World Politics section of Yahoo News, but this news is slightly outdated to me. Blue Kawasaki roses are fantastic, and a dab of deodorant can make them smell fragrant. I'll open up my own origami rose shop with different colors and deodorants.
$2 a pop. Taking orders now.


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