Hilarious--but sad...

Kenelm Philip fnkwp at aurora.alaska.edu
Fri Feb 4 18:19:32 EST 2000

	I was listening this morning to 'Science Friday' on NPR, which
was focussed on genetically-modified crops, when a woman called in to say
that there was a lot of corn being grown in her area--and she had just
noticed a terrible effect that the bt-laced pollen was having on Monarch
butterflies: they now had only four legs (!!). Clearly this was a
bt-induced mutation...     :-)

	No one on the panel knew the facts about Nymphalidae, and I was
in my truck without access to a phone. I now have a vision of people across
the country looking at their local nymphalids and concluding that the corn
pollen is being blown hundreds (or thousands) of miles and causing
'mutations' everywhere. If anyone on leps-l hears about this, you now
know where it started...

							Ken Philip
fnkwp at uaf.edu

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