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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Tuesday January 3, 2004. What might Earth be like a thousand or more years from now? I did some thinking. Here follows some of what I came up with:

Longhorn cattle, wild and domestic. The knowledge to breed or gene-engineered polled and shorthorn cattle is easily available, but it's not much used. People now prefer cattle which can defend themselves against predators.

Wolves, coyotes, and feral dogs have bred into a mixture which looks and acts wolfish. Domestic dogs include a number which resemble one or another current breed; most have been re-bred/gene-engineered. Some have enchanced intelligence. And some of these have gone feral.

Wild monkeys; in the north and upland South, mostly gene-engineered species. Their ancestors were working animals and pets gone feral.

Feral apes. Quite possibly with higher intelligence than chimpanzees and bonobos.

Climate: there was warming, followed by a little ice age. Temperature is now back at about current levels.

Cities stayed alive, though with lower population, thanks to urban agriculture -- and cheap power sources which allowed growing food under artificial light.

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 3-Feb-2004
BMC Plant Biology
Scientists develop plant that produces potential anti-carcinogen
A Purdue University researcher has successfully engineered plants that may not only lead to the production of anti-carcinogenic nutritional supplements, but also may be used to remove excess selenium from agricultural fields.
NIH/National Cancer Institute
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