"That you may ruminate"

…On Another Funny Headline.

Posted by Steve on October 26, 2008

Purple Tomatoes Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice. This has made me laugh. As it turns out, the mice are cancer-prone because they’re lab mice developed to lack some cancer-preventing gene, and the tomatoes are purple because they were genetically engineered with the genes responsible for creating the pigment in blueberries, black raspberries, and various flowers. That pigment being also an antioxidant, the whole point was to up the antioxidant content of tomatoes – hence the health benefit for the cancermice.

All in all, though, the headline, “Purple Tomatoes Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice” just comes across as silly nonsense.

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