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    Genetic engineering thought

    With the sudden burst of understanding in the field of genetics, the possibilities are limited only by the imaginations of the world's greatest minds. One possible benefit I see is skin that is more fire and uv resistant.

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    I am pretty sure that they could engineer turf grass that would only grow 3 inches tall, never requiring mowing. But the mower people have suppressed this invention.

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    How about a species of tree with wood displaying a beautiful chatoyance yet easy to plane.

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    I remember reading as a kid that they were developing square trunk tress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Calow View Post
    I am pretty sure that they could engineer turf grass that would only grow 3 inches tall, never requiring mowing. But the mower people have suppressed this invention.
    Here are a number of non-repressed no-mow alternatives: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/grass-...ing-52979.html

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    Yes I have a couple of patches of buffalo grass in my yard - they dont look like the common lawn varieties around here. Which is why I thought they could splice the short-growing genes from those varieties into bluegrass/fescue/rye varieties to get the perfect look and low maintenance.

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    I like Lippia grass but even here it freezes back in winter. Does well in the san francisco bay area

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Calow View Post
    Yes I have a couple of patches of buffalo grass in my yard - they dont look like the common lawn varieties around here. Which is why I thought they could splice the short-growing genes from those varieties into bluegrass/fescue/rye varieties to get the perfect look and low maintenance.
    The company I used to work for tried that, it basically worked fine but the grass grew to 4- 4-1/2" which was deemed to be too tall for the consumer market. I think some of those varieties are being employed in roadside plantings and other applications where having it a little bit shaggy is OK. They never managed to make a variety that would stall out around 3".

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    Nope you guys are all wet. Scientists need to cross broccoli with a ten point buck. Once broccoli grew antlers and ran like hell, vegetarians could enjoy hunting too.


    Seriously, back in the 1970's there was a show on British television about gene splicing, and what it could do. A scientist suggested putting the gene for size from an elephant into a sheep. The moderator looked at him and said, really, that's all we bloody need is a uncontrollable sheep the size of a damn cow. I remeber watching it
    Last edited by Perry Hilbert Jr; 11-14-2018 at 11:20 PM.

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