Wednesday, February 6, 2013


     Like the proverbial bad penny, your friends from Over 40? So What! have turned up again.  Our apologies for our absence.  We have been working diligently on a new book which may or may not see the light of day within the next year.

     Our new effort is a novel and is still in the developmental stage, although a few preliminary chapters are in outline and pre-editing condition.  Writing non-fiction is immeasurably easier than writing fiction - who knew?  After all, non-fiction relies on data and research.  Easy stuff compared to delving into your imagination.

     So blah, blah, blah, this is our excuse for not posting to our blog since (gasp) September.  We have also regrettably had to give up publishing our monthly magazine, since the amount of work and time that this involved was mind-boggling.  

     Just to prove that we are sincerely sorry and will produce occasional posts, we hereby cheat by presenting one of our more popular posts from the fairly recent past.  We promise to try to do better in future.


If you've ever been turned off, disgusted or appalled by a cut apple that has started to turn brown, cheer up!  Those friendly folks who brought you the bright red, tasteless tomato have worked their magic on apples.  

By inserting an extra copy of a gene that interferes with the enzymatic activity that causes browning - an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase - they have produced a fruit that can be sliced, diced, packaged in plastic and sold round the world to those purists who must have pristine apples.

This is not to be confused with those apple slices that are already available in the produce departments of your neighborhood supermarkets; these contain preservatives, such as ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and calcium chloride.   Unfortunately they only (?) have a shelf life of about three weeks.  Now wouldn't you rather have a nice genetically modified apple that would mummify before it turned brown?

You know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Wouldn't it be a hoot if they found out later on that what helps keep the doctor away is the enzyme they have managed to nullify?

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