Unassumption wrote:Bananas can't have sex anymore, apparently
They were selectively bred to be yellow and tasty for a few centuries but all that inbreeding led to rare bad mutations becoming common in the population so now it can't breed normally. Only taking cuttings and growing clones works. So bananas are all identical twins D=
Yes, bananas are seedless, like many other fruits, so they can't reproduce sexually. The problem with bananas is that there is only one variety of bananas made for human consumption. Which means they're vulnerable to diseases, since there's not any genetic diversity among them.
(ugly)Bob wrote:VACOOLA wrote:Let's get back to our water sports and see who wants to take a golden shower from me.
I don't think we would want to take part in showering in your golden showers of piss even if you were really famous like J Beiber where people willingly buy his hair on ebay. or a photo of Paris Hilton for twenty million dollars.
Bustin Jieber? We must be talking about different golden showers. My Golden Shower is an award designed specifically to symbolize your win in this thread. It's like an Oscar, or an Emmy, or a Grammy, or a Palme d'Or, or Whatever. Just cooler. The award itself is a gilded replica of a shower, so its value is purely symbolic, but great, nonetheless. It's the ultimate embodiment of the winning spirit. And you virtually took it from me the moment you claimed your virtual victory. Little did you know it was a ticking time bomb, a Trojan horse filled with loads of my pee, because secretly taking a leak on the next poster is still way funnier than just "winning" over and over, again and again with no end in sight!
PS: I think I'm going bananas.
Seriously, secretly taking a leak on the next poster better than winner? Well i just virtually pissed myself laughing
, bananas are seedless, like many other fruits
There are little bits of DNA that can 'cut and paste' to other bits of the DNA. The cell follows the instructions on them to make 'scissors' that cut a very specific 'dotted-line' on either side of them.
If they glue themselves into a gene, they will turn it off, just like throwing a random paragraph into a computer program would kill it. This could kill a plant if it gets in an important gene so organisms have ways to stop them moving around.
Plants cover them up with proteins that stick to the DNA at these sites, physically blocking the machines that read the DNA from getting to the DNA and stopping them making the scissors. However, when something has sex, it needs to remove all the proteins from its DNA. This releases all these moving bits of DNA from their usual repression and lets them move into other genes.
All the inbreeding we did with Bananas means they have a lot more of these mobile elements than humans or other plants so if they ever have sex, their seed will almost certainly die or be horribly mutated, so we need to clone them...
Which means that if a disease can kill 1 bananna, they can kill them all! Looks like a job for the genetic engineers to me ._. We can't breed out all these movable genes but we could theoretically take the DNA out, cut these bits out in a test tube and put it back in a plant. Our technology isn't nearly good enough to do that yet, it can hardly do it to a bacteria let alone a banana. So lets hope bananas survive long enough for us to get that technology!
Many nations in South and Central America are called banana republics for a reason. Not because they have hipster fassion stores but because bananas are a staple of their diet and important for their economies. It'd be a major world disaster if bananas went extinct - an odder apocalypse story, i challenge you to find!
(On an aside, I unsubbed Hank Green after he made a crazy video denouncing a certain science. Then he took down the video, said sorry and made a followup showing the real science, so I could sub him again. It takes a big man to admit they're wrong so hank must be 7 foot tall)
I win for stupid joke!
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