Genetics

Why does Greenpeace like the watermelon?

March 21, 2017 // 4 Comments

Last year, I asked the very silly sounding question, ‘Why does Greenpeace like the grapefruit?’ As absurd as it sounds this is probably one of the most important questions to be asking the organisation right now. This is because it exposes a double standard that lies at the core of Greenpeace and shows their opposition to GMOs to be hypocritical and irrational. Today I would like to ask another silly sounding question that, once again, exposes weaknesses in Greenpeace’s arguments [...]

Why Does Greenpeace Like the Grapefruit?

October 30, 2016 // 3 Comments

“Why does Greenpeace like the grapefruit?” is an important question and one that we should all be asking. This is because it exposes the dogmatic hypocrisy of their anit-GMO stance that lies at the core of the organisation. A GMO by definition is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. However, it might surprise you to hear that there are techniques that can alter the DNA of an organism which do not come under the umbrella term of a [...]

Why does Greenpeace like the grapefruit?

October 28, 2016 // 5 Comments

After reading the title of this blog post, I can imagine that the majority of you are expecting to be entertained by a convoluted theory full of interesting but tenuous tidbits. The kind of over-analytical claptrap you find on sites like BuzzFeed that have the veneer of intellectualism, but in reality are nothing more than hollow click-bait. Unfortunately, you are going to be disappointed because as silly as it sounds, “Why does Greenpeace like the grapefruit?” is an important question and [...]

Are Gingers going Extinct?!?!

February 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

After discovering that he carried the ginger gene, Myles found out that he may be a member of a dying population… At least according to a Daily Mirror article, claiming that climate change could wipe the gingers off the face of the planet. The Gingers are Going Nowhere Gingers could become extinct due to climate change, experts warn Scotlands DNA “Olde Timey” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 [...]

The Gingers are Going Nowhere

July 12, 2014 // 14 Comments

There are a lot of redheads on my mum’s side of the family, and although I have dodged the ginger bullet and have been blessed with mousey brown hair, I was unfortunately hit by some stray shrapnel; and thus have pale skin, freckles, and a ginger beard. I have recently had myself genotyped (a process of determining differences in the genetic make-up using biological assays) to asses the damages of this stray shrapnel and the results came back as I had feared. I have a mutation in one of my [...]