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David Friedman <ddfr@daviddfriedman.nopsam.com> wrote:
Fruit trees are mostly propagated by grafting. So different grapefruit of the same variety are clones of each other.

Keith F. Lynch <kfl@keithlynch.net> wrote:
In a 1997 CNN poll, the majority of people said they would refuse to eat cloned fruit or vegetables. I wonder what they thought they were already eating.


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wendolen From: wendolen Date: September 24th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a difference between grafting apples and cloning cattle -- Dolly the sheep is certainly what the people polled were thinking of.
akicif From: akicif Date: September 24th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
The second sentence of the first statement is incorrect: the fruit is still produced by the interaction of gametes: pollen and an ovum.
dcseain From: dcseain Date: September 25th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
You are correct, though that comment is classic Keith. I'm guessing he doesn't differentiate the tree from the fruit; and the trees are not even strictly clones, as they're each being attached to root stock not all of the same plant.
timill From: timill Date: September 25th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
How about bananas? ISTR there's little genetic variation there, but I don't know if it goes all the way to being identical.
mauser From: mauser Date: September 25th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Potatoes. That's why the Irish Pototo famine was so bad, they were all just clones of the same potato, basically. Cut a Potato in half and you have two potato plants. Repeat ad infinitum....
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