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The Genome of Your Thanksgiving Supper

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the ACGT-good dept.

Science 84

An anonymous reader writes "Here's a fact you can distract your family with over the Thanksgiving table: many of the major ingredients in Thanksgiving foods have had their genomes sequenced. Biomedical researchers are interested in the turkey genome due to the animal's susceptibility to cancer; botanists are studying the genome of the Chinese chestnut to search for the root of its resistance to chestnut blight; and corn — well, corn's genome is just cool."

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pray for a cure for caner! (2, Interesting)

mug funky (910186) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336518)

1. not american, don't get thanksgiving (turkey at christmas instead)
2. wtf is caner? i hope those poor turkeys are alright!

Re:pray for a cure for caner! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34336530)

Caner is a Turkish name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caner

Turkey.. Turkish.. You don't need genomes to see that connection!

Re:pray for a cure for caner! (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336560)

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/caner [thefreedictionary.com]

It's definition 8 or 9 I think, down toward the bottom, a disease where birds get cane-like sprouts at their follicles instead of feathers.

Re:pray for a cure for caner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34336568)

Caner is a Singaporean holiday tradition of beating criminal turkeys with a cane when they commit minor crimes like tagging, spitting, and chewing gum.

Re:pray for a cure for caner! (1)

longhairedgnome (610579) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336598)

I had assumed it was a typo for cancer, but my punny definition is, the genocide of an indigenousness people.

Re:pray for a cure for caner! (1)

longhairedgnome (610579) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336610)

And it looks like TFS has been changed to read cancer...

Re:pray for a cure for caner! (2, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336812)

2. wtf is caner? i hope those poor turkeys are alright!

Caner is cancer for domesticated turkeys. Domesticated turkeys, being unearthly stupid, don't know how to spell "cancer" properly.

Sadly, they're not alright, their goose is cooked so to speak. And by goose, I mean themselves.

Turkey and caner???? (1)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336528)

...interested in the turkey genome due to the animal's susceptibility to caner...

So, what part of the turkey gets "A slender, strong but often flexible stem, as of certain bamboos, reeds, or rattans."? [thefreedictionary.com]

Re:Turkey and caner???? (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336616)

The follicles where the feathers are supposed to come out. It's actually a pretty hideous disease. The microbe that causes it interferes with the proteins that construct the feather, so all you get is the central rod coming out of the follicle.

Re:Turkey and caner???? (2, Funny)

SheeEttin (899897) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336778)

So, what part of the turkey gets "A slender, strong but often flexible stem, as of certain bamboos, reeds, or rattans"?

The rears of the disobedient ones.
Or the ones into S&M, I guess...

Celebrating New Year Early? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34336578)

"Biomedical researchers are interested in the turkey genome due to the animal's susceptibility to caner".

Would the Slashdot editors please sober UP ?

Yours In An Airport Screening Line [youtube.com] ,
K. Trout

No, corn is not cool (3, Insightful)

Grapplebeam (1892878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336580)

Corn is probably the biggest example of bullshit monopolies in action ever. Monsanto has all the corn. All of it. And they try to get corn to be used in everything, even though it's a waste and irresponsible to have any industry depend on one crop, much less plastics and foodstuffs, which are huge industries in and of themselves. So no, corn is not awesome. Also, corn syrup is worse for you than cane sugar, but those idiotic attack ads against people that dare state that implies we're all idiots for even daring to THINK about how corn could be worse than sugar. Seriously, if you haven't seen those commercials, they go like this: Party 1: Corn syrup is bad for you! Party 2: Well how do you know that? Corn comes out of the ground, it MUST be natural! Party 1: Uh, I think I read it in a book... Party 2 then begs the question that things that come out of the ground it must be natural and therefore better, AGAIN, and then implies anyone against corn syrup is a retard. Seriously, go look it up. It's actually offensive.

Re:No, corn is not cool (2, Informative)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336688)


There's some lobbying underway in the US to change the name of "high fructose corn syrup" to "corn sugar".

That's how bad a rap HFCS has, calling it "sugar" is an improvement.

Re:No, corn is not cool (0, Troll)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336702)

You sound like my ex-wife. There's a reason for that. Some people have a knack at delivering an informative message. Guess who does not? Seriously, do you think the average person is as stupid as the industry that made the "corn 'sugar'" commercials? Give us some credit before you bash us over the head with a bag of non-GMO corn!? Thanks.

How about this? Just buy less of the kind of corn(and other products) you don't like, and give the stupid public the benefit of the doubt on whether they can choose a product that will not harm them, or just let them alone. We'll all put Monsanto out of the corn business forever, or not.

"Corn Nazis, I fucking hate these guys." -- Indiana Jones

"You sound like my ex-wife." (2, Insightful)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337006)

I see why she divorced you.

Re:"You sound like my ex-wife." (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337700)

Oh snap! [youtube.com]

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337066)

Seriously, do you think the average person is as stupid as the industry that made the "corn 'sugar'" commercials?

Yep.

However I am with you on buying corn I like and not corn I don't like. I like corn meal, corn chips, corn on the cob. None of these have much to do with the corn lobby that tries to force feed hfcs to our kids.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337214)

A group of people that actually believe the Corn Sugar is some who worse the sugar IS a bunch of morons.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337308)

A group of people that actually believe the Corn Sugar is some who worse the sugar IS a bunch of morons.

What do you mean, a worse group of people that actually believe the Corn Sugar? Who is this Corn Sugar fellow, and how did he get morons in his sugar?

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

badkarmadayaccount (1346167) | more than 3 years ago | (#34401522)

Precisely my sentiment - it all ends up as glucose and fructose in the bloodstream. Nothing to see here - move along.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

jonwil (467024) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337892)

Not always possible to "just buy less corn" because its in so many things including things that you wouldn't necessarily think of having corn.

Also, if you buy corn-on-the-cob, corn chips, popcorn or any other kind of corn, you are supporting the giant greedy agribusiness companies that produce most of the corn (including the bad kind of corn that ends up in so many foods)

Re:No, corn is not cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34336884)

It was bound to happen eventually: A /. poster uses "begs the question" correctly. Good job!

Re:No, corn is not cool (2, Insightful)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336910)

None of which has any impact on the fact that the corn genome is indeed rather cool.
Seriously, go look it up. It's actually awesome.

Re:No, corn is not cool (4, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336938)

Corn is probably the biggest example of bullshit monopolies in action ever. Monsanto has all the corn. All of it.

That's odd. My grandparents grow corn. How does Monsanto have that corn?

Re:No, corn is not cool (2, Funny)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337224)

Do your grandparents spray anhydrous ammonia all over their little garden? That stuff they grow is something called "Sweet Delicious Corn", which can probably be eaten on the cob and isn't real, honest, Monsanto corn.

Re:No, corn is not cool (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337182)

1) No they don't.

2) Considering Corn one crop shows your completely ignorant of the industry
3) No, corn syrup is not worse the can sugar. Please stop spreading that lie. You do know that when you say that you're in the same category as people who don't think we went to the moon, right? Yeah, I've seen those commercial, and base on the HFCS conspiracy nuts, it's well deserved.

4) Yes, the natural fallacy is offensive. I wish they hadn't done that. However, the people who are spreading that lie are often the same people who use that same fallacy to show why one thing is 'better' for you. So I understand why they used it.

Re:No, corn is not cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34337396)

How do I know that corn syrup is worse than cane sugar?? Because any food with corn syrup as a sweetener tastes like shit compared to cane sugar sweetened ones.

Re:No, corn is not cool (3, Informative)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337744)

I wouldn't really call it a lie. The jury's still out [wikipedia.org] on that one. Yes, I'm linking to Wikipedia. There are sources cited, look them up if you feel so inclined.

More thorough studies need to be done with larger sample sizes but from what I've read I do believe that the prevalence of HFCS over sugar in our food supply is one of the many contributing factors to our modern obesity epidemic.

Part of it is that, pound-for-pound, HFCS has a higher fructose content that normal table sugar. It's not much, but that little bit adds up. Moreover, HFCS is really, really cheap and so it's put in goddamned near everything. Remember when mum said too many sweets are bad for you? Well now everything is a damn sweet.

Re:No, corn is not cool (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34338446)

I'm familiar with the wikipedia article, and it's links. I have also read many studies, analysis and meta studies. It's become the classic 'You can't prove it's not true, there fore more study is needed' gambit. As used by Homeopaths, Moon landing hoaxers, and ghost hunters.

Th reason we have an obesity issue(not epidemic) is due to the availability of easy calories, and being inundated with ads telling use to eat. Nothing more. Corn Sugar isn't magic. You eat 1000 calories of HFCS* you have 1000 calories. You exercise and burn 1000 calories, you loose a 1000 calories.

In fact, you get LESS calories using Corn Sugar because less is required to achieve the same sweetness.
It would be a more rational argument to say it's healthier for that reason alone. the difference is pretty slight.

Yes, it's easy to use, store, and manufacture the sugar so it gets used a lot. Used to replace sugar.

And I am not arguing it's good for you, only that it's not different the sugar. So like sugar, eat it wisely.

"It's the dose that makes the poison." - Paracelsus

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

breeze95 (880714) | more than 3 years ago | (#34339516)

I'm familiar with the wikipedia article, and it's links. I have also read many studies, analysis and meta studies. It's become the classic 'You can't prove it's not true, there fore more study is needed' gambit. As used by Homeopaths, Moon landing hoaxers, and ghost hunters.

Th reason we have an obesity issue(not epidemic) is due to the availability of easy calories, and being inundated with ads telling use to eat. Nothing more. Corn Sugar isn't magic. You eat 1000 calories of HFCS* you have 1000 calories. You exercise and burn 1000 calories, you loose a 1000 calories.

In fact, you get LESS calories using Corn Sugar because less is required to achieve the same sweetness. It would be a more rational argument to say it's healthier for that reason alone. the difference is pretty slight.

Yes, it's easy to use, store, and manufacture the sugar so it gets used a lot. Used to replace sugar.

And I am not arguing it's good for you, only that it's not different the sugar. So like sugar, eat it wisely.

"It's the dose that makes the poison." - Paracelsus

Actually, recent studies have shown that HFCS causes the liver to go into fat storing mode. Also in animal studies, HFCS has shown to cause liver scarring and liver diseases that are very similar to liver diseases that alcoholics suffer from. I am sorry but HFCS is bad stuff. Heck, even the European Union has banned HFCS.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

badkarmadayaccount (1346167) | more than 3 years ago | (#34401572)

When used in the prodigious amounts in the American industry - yes.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

DMUTPeregrine (612791) | more than 3 years ago | (#34345014)

If it were just to replace sugar, that would be better. It's used in places sugar should never be used, to make things needlessly sweet. I recently saw a canned "New England Clam Chowder" with HFCS added. Clam chowder does not need sugar. It needs clams, water, salt, pork, onion, potatoes, butter, some seasonings and possibly other vegetables.

Re:No, corn is not cool (2, Interesting)

mibe (1778804) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337804)

http://www.foodpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/HFCS_Rats_10.pdf

Rats with 12-h access to HFCS gained significantly more body weight than animals given equal access to 10% sucrose, even though they consumed the same number of total calories, but fewer calories from HFCS than sucrose.

So there's some evidence that it's worse for you than an equivalent caloric amount of sucrose (table sugar), rather than being "all the same" as we've been hearing for quite some time. You can sort of justify these results biochemically if you like (the authors do it in their discussion), since sucrose needs one more metabolic step to be broken down than does HFCS, but there are lots of other factors I'm not entirely educated about. Anyway, read the paper. I was on the "HFCS is all good!" bandwagon until I learned a bit more, and now it looks like I was wrong.

Re:No, corn is not cool (3, Insightful)

HBI (604924) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337848)

You are being mildly inaccurate. The problem isn't with corn syrup per se, it is with high fructose corn syrup - HFCS.

Normal corn syrup is laden with dextrose - glucose. HFCS has a portion of that dextrose converted to fructose. HFCS 42 - 42% fructose - is close to table sugar/sucrose sweetness so it is frequently used. Fructose has some interesting qualities compared to glucose or dextrose:

1) It is metabolized in the liver, rather than delivered to the individual cells, unlike glucose.
2) Its fructolysis metabolic pathway ends up producing either glycogen or palmitate, ie, either 'stored energy' up to the ~ 3000 calorie limit, or fat deposits.
3) Its metabolism is not regulated by insulin, unlike glucose.

Fructose metabolism has more resemblance to the uptake of starches, rather than monosaccharide glucose. Increasing the monosaccharide fructose intake of humans was a grand experiment in making people fat, in other words.

For that matter, the reputation of Americans as flatulent could easily have something to do with fructose malabsorption [wikipedia.org] , since nearly every food has free fructose in it nowadays.

That said, sucrose isn't a winner either as it is a disaccharide of glucose and fructose which is (partially) cloven apart in the stomach and then absorbed as separate monosaccharides. The glucose is fine as far as that goes, as it is insulin regulated, but the fructose within has the same problem as HFCS. For that matter, might as well call sucrose HFCS 50, with the slight caveat that a portion of the sucrose will not be metabolized, possibly reducing uptake of fructose in comparison to HFCS, which has its fructose already in monosaccharide form.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340682)

Sorry, I'm not too much informed in the HFCS debate, but something caught my eye: You say corn syrup has HFCS 42, i.e. 42% fructose. OTOH, regular sugar (AKA sucrose) is actually HFCS 50 (50% fructose). So in fact it has more fructose than HFCS!
As far as I remember from my physiology classes, virtually all the sucrose we digest is broken down and absorbed in the GI tract It would seem that all the arguments about the cons of fructose would suggest that sucrose is worse than HFCS.

Please enlighten me.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

HBI (604924) | more than 3 years ago | (#34347692)

The disaccharide sucrose metabolism is incomplete in the upper GI. Fructose is only absorbed in the small intestine. Therefore, the quantity of fructose absorbed into the bloodstream from sucrose consumption will be less than 100%. HFCS has monosaccharide fructose as its fructose component, so is potentially more available for absorption than disaccharide sucrose.

Re:No, corn is not cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34337946)

The whole thing has absolutely nothing to do with corn. Corn is big business, widely consumed, and widely genetically modified. It's hip to be against those things. If we could replace corn with sorghum (or amaranth, or teff, or whatever), if sorghum was big business, widely consumed, and usually genetically modified, I guarantee you, the foodies would make the exact same claims about sorghum. I'm not saying I don't have some issues with the corn industry (like their lobbying for subsidies), but the foodie response is really just vacuous reactionary whining.

Anyway, the corn genome itself is pretty cool partly because of all the transposons in it, which one would think would ease out all those fears over the GMO varieties, which I have no doubt are a large reason we are seeing an anti-corn backlash, but hey, why let something as minor as genetics get in the way?

And there are numerous [bayercropscienceus.com] alternative [seedsavers.org] varieties [burpee.com] of corn not patented by Monsanto.

Re:No, corn is not cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34338366)

Nutritionally, corn syrup and cane sugar are the same. The difference is the interaction with insulin/leptin/ghrelin. You will continue consuming fructose after the same amount of sucrose makes you feel like you had something to eat, which is not really the corn syrup's fault.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

Beeftopia (1846720) | more than 3 years ago | (#34338558)

3) No, corn syrup is not worse the can sugar. Please stop spreading that lie. You do know that when you say that you're in the same category as people who don't think we went to the moon, right? Yeah, I've seen those commercial, and base on the HFCS conspiracy nuts, it's well deserved.

The modern obesity epidemic may be caused by highly preserved foods. I recently realized that none of my foods go bad. But if environmental bacteria can't eat them, how can human gut bacteria, which are essential to digestion? I'm guessing that the foods still deliver calories through sugar and fat (essential for taste - and sales). But if nutrients can't be extracted from them, the body is going to continue to be hungry. Heck, it might think there's some kind of starvation event going on. So it craves more food, and burns less calories.

This recently occurred to me when I realized I didn't have to rush to re-cover my peanut butter, when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My peanut butter - and all of my foods - don't go bad. My breads get a bit dry after a couple of months. But no mold. I once bought bread from an organic foods store. That went moldy in a matter of several days. This is one reason I'm considering going organic.

One caveat though - regular foods seem to be much more highly fortified with B vitamins and iron than organics. Just a data point to keep in mind.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 3 years ago | (#34338838)

No, corn syrup is not worse the can sugar.

Remember that wonderful New Coke?

Re:No, corn is not cool (3, Insightful)

jestill (656510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337420)

Wow dude. You need to get on your meds. The corn genome is quite cool.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

Grapplebeam (1892878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337624)

Please do not resort to ad hominem.

Re:No, corn is not cool (0, Offtopic)

noidentity (188756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337544)

Related to HFCS, I've seen agave nectar sold as a healthy sweetener alternative to sugar, but apparently agave has even higher fructose content than HFCS [living-foods.com] . But it's natural, and not evil sugar, so it must be better for humans.

Apples, Honey, Grapes and Pears (2, Informative)

slew (2918) | more than 3 years ago | (#34338174)

You don't have to go so far out like agave (something many folks never will encounter except in it's liquid tequila form). Many common foods have a very high fructose content...

http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000011000000000000000.html [self.com]

Ironically, corn (as opposed to HFCS) really doesn't show up on this list because the sugar in actual corn is mostly glucose (they have to process the crap out of corn-glucose convert some of the glucose to fructose to make HFCS).

The corn "haters" out there that sweeten their drinks with honey and have their apple-a-day, really aren't really in a much superior situation when it comes to avoiding the problems associated with fructose (primarily that the fructose sugar isomer doesn't normally stimulate insulin production unlike the glucose isomer). Although if you actually eat an apple (as opposed to drinking apple juice or eating apple sauce), you probably get enough fiber to limit the intake of sugar.

Also, something that everyone should know is that a surprisingly common ailment is fructose intolerance/malabsorption where the symptoms are similar to lactose intolerance. Avoiding all foods high in fructose often provides relief for this ailment.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1)

bluestar (17362) | more than 3 years ago | (#34338076)

My wife is a geneticist (PhD) and she insists that corn is very cool. Did you know that corn has about the same number of genes as a human (in the 25000 - 35000 range)?

So the next time you think you're smart, just remember that you're about as complex as corn.

Re:No, corn is not cool (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34339850)

The newest gene annotations for corn came out yesterday, and there are many more high confidence genes that the previous set (maybe 45,000?). Has your wife seen the recent paper that found close to 10% of corn genes are missing from some inbreds and/or wild relatives of domesticated corn? Source: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/gr.109165.110

I totally agree it's an awesome genome!

caner? (-1, Flamebait)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336602)

Caner? Rly? I mean, I know the editors are busy (choking back laughter) but caner? Has it really gotten so bad that an EDITOR can't spell cancer or properly proof read a one paragraph summary?

Re:caner? (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336650)

And now samzenpus has corrected his spelling. About time. If this crap was uncommon it would be one thing, but for a bunch of self professed nerds, this is ridiculous.

Re:caner? (1)

MichaelKristopeit211 (1946194) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336780)

slashdot = stagnated

Corn = cool? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34336604)

and corn--well, corn's genome is just cool.

Really? If I'd been asked to name some cool stuff, "corn's genome" is about the last thing I'd have come up with.

I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (4, Informative)

lunchlady55 (471982) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336612)

Corn's genome is not cool IT'S COPYRIGHT MONSANTO!
tl;dr google it...

Re:I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (2, Informative)

proxima (165692) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336842)

I think you mean patent, not copyright.

Re:I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337008)

Then why had I to give my firstborn to Monsanto?

Re:I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (4, Insightful)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336946)

First of, Monsanto owns patents, not copyrights. Second of all, that makes IP law and Monsanto uncool, not corn and certainly not the corn genome.

Re:I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (2, Informative)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336978)

Monsanto doesn't own the corn genome. That being said, they were trying to steal some of the credit for sequencing the genome, despite doing nothing to help. I can't find a source on that right now though, of the lead scientist opening up a paper an being surprised it read "Monsanto sequences corn genome."

Anyway, no, the corn genome is not currently owned by monsanto, though if we're not careful I'm positive their lobbyists will find a way to steal it.

Re:I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337220)

No it's no. Stop being a hippie tool.

Some corn is patents. in fact, just those specific strains only.

Moron.

Re:I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (1)

djdanlib (732853) | more than 3 years ago | (#34339706)

This corn is patents! All who try to use it without Monsanto's permission shall taste of its litigious goodness!

Re:I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (5, Informative)

jestill (656510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337508)

It is really strange that you would think that Monsanto had IP rights to the corn genome. You are quite wrong. The corn genome project was funded by public dollars.
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04614/nsf04614.pdf [nsf.gov]
You can browse the maize genome or even download the data yourself:
http://www.maizesequence.org/index.html [maizesequence.org]
I have multiple copies of this data on my hard drive now.
You can also check out the Idiot's guide to corn at
http://weedtowonder.org/ [weedtowonder.org]
Much of what we know about plant genetics and breeding is due to what we learned from corn. The corn genome is not just cool, but a fundamental model system. It provides insights into the genomes for the cereal plants that contribute most of the calories you eat every day.

Re:I think you meant COPYRIGHT, not COOL. (1)

Grapplebeam (1892878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337660)

Funny, apparently some people think you have to sequence the genome before you can patent it. Which you don't have to, in pretty much any case. Just patent it now, then figure out what it does later. Standard practice, really.

Turkey tumors - new delicacy? (1)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336642)

I was wondering; if a turkey got a tumor, it would be edible, would it not?

Turkey tumor casserole?

Re:Turkey tumors - new delicacy? (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336696)

Almost certainly edible. After all, turkeys are very susceptible to cancer. The odds that you have not already eaten turkey cancer (small ones) are quite low.

Re:Turkey tumors - new delicacy? (1)

fbarajas (261145) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336896)

Isn't foie gras a kind of geese/duck liver cancer?

Re:Turkey tumors - new delicacy? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337092)

No, it's a kind of psychosis-causing brain cancer on part of the producer.

Re:Turkey tumors - new delicacy? (2, Interesting)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337328)

Have you ever kept water fowl?

They love to eat, they will fight their way to the human to be fed. The production of foie gras may not be the healthiest thing for the creature, but they are not going to be living very long anyway nor does the feeding method cause them any real harm.

Re:Turkey tumors - new delicacy? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337316)

No it is just an enlarged liver from over feeding.

Gene Pool (0, Offtopic)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336656)

I will be dining with some members of my family that, more often than not, seem to represent the shallower end of the Gene Pool! I came from the deep end (I think.)

Line item food order (1, Funny)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336784)

Pass the GC-AT-AT-GC...?

No thanks, I'll have the turkey!

(Well how about the cranberries? They don't have much AT...)

So - do we sing the genome to the tune of Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam?

It's that time of year again (1)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336870)

Time to remind your entire family that you are a hopelessly anti-social bore.
But hey, at least you took a shower this week. So you got that going for ya.

Turkey Cancer (2, Funny)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336916)

Sweet delicious turkey basted in it's own cancerous giblets sauce.

Mmmmm Mmmmm Gobble-licious.

Re:Turkey Cancer (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337232)

Don't baste turkey. It's pointless and make the turkey much longer to cook to the proper temperature; which mean ti will be dry.

They sequenced the genome of Top Ramen? (1)

DudemanX (44606) | more than 3 years ago | (#34336954)

I'm poor and have no friends or family. :(

Re:They sequenced the genome of Top Ramen? (1)

f8l_0e (775982) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337086)

NaCl and lots of it. :) Good job integrated the Flying Spaghetti Monster into Thanksgiving.

Purty Pictures (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337386)

Forgive me if I'm reading this wrong, but is this 'story' just a link to photos of some Thanksgiving food?

Re:Purty Pictures (1)

Grapplebeam (1892878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337716)

Well, it has captions, and stuff... But yes, I think no one noticed that.

23andme sale - $99 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34337438)

Now you can get you genes sequenced too, just found out that 23andme are having a one day sale, $99 instead of the usual $499. Seem quite a deal to me. The coupon code is B84YAG. Sale is for today only (Wed - or Thursday if you're in OZ :) ).

Thanksgiving? (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337518)

I had my Thanksgiving dinner in October, you insensitive clod!

- A Proud Canadian

Chinese Chestnut? (1)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337524)

Who eats Chinese chestnuts? The biggest disappointment of my parents' lives - other than me - was buying a house with a chestnut tree, only to find out it was Chinese chestnut, not tasty American chestnut. Much to my joy I have a neighbor with an American chestnut! Take that mom and dad! Lousy traumatic childhood...

Re:Chinese Chestnut? (2, Interesting)

Llamalarity (806413) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337898)

"Who eats Chinese chestnuts?" Me for one, but yes true American chestnuts are noticeably sweeter. Though sadly much smaller... You neighbor should contact the American Chestnut Foundation and see if they might want to add his trees genome to their program. Which is to produce a blight resistant 15/16 American chestnut to restore back into the eastern forests. These folks have been quietly working on this for over 25 years and are very close to achieving their primary goal.

Re:Chinese Chestnut? (1)

badkarmadayaccount (1346167) | more than 3 years ago | (#34401614)

Dude, why would you be a disappointment - what happened?

Corn... (0)

jonwil (467024) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337630)

Corn has been sequenced so the bio-tech companies can find out where to insert the gene for resistance to Roundup and the gene that makes it infertile after one generation. (forcing farmers to buy new seed every year)

Re:Corn... (1)

Grapplebeam (1892878) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337704)

Which again, was Monsanto's doing. They were stopped from doing this outright, however, and somehow got farmers to agree to buy new seeds each year because... uh... y'know, I dunno why they agreed to it.

Re:Corn... (0, Offtopic)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337752)

Corn has been sequenced so the bio-tech companies can find out where to insert the gene for resistance to Roundup and the gene that makes it infertile after one generation. (forcing farmers to buy new seed every year)

And when those terminator genes don't work, Monsanto sues the farmer next door for patent infringement because his corn cross-bred with Monsanto corn. It's the perfect scam - get one farm using your corn, and it infects every farm around it, so you sue to get more license agreements.

Oh Yeah, That's Great (0, Troll)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 3 years ago | (#34337718)

Unless you find out it's related to you because your great-great-great grandpa was the infamous "Turkey-Fucker Jones." Perhaps you should wait until after the gene sequencing results come back before you kill it...

Am I the only one who lost their (1)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 3 years ago | (#34339164)

appetite just from reading the /. submission? Really kinda sick if you think about it. I just think abou tit and I feel better.
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