"Genetic modification is like mayonnaise; almost everyone has strong feelings about it, whether negative or positive. A solid opinion is justified, as the genetic modification of crops is an important characteristic of our food system."
"Selective breeding is like the deliberate pairing of Hollywood celebrity Brad Pitt with Oriental beauty Gong Li to try to guarantee an attractive, good-looking progeny. In contrast, genetic modification is like mixing Brad Pitt's genes with the genes of a cheetah to produce a good-looking human Olympic sprinter."
"The process of genetic modification is like the editing of a paper. Both processes involve the removal of certain things and the insertion of others in order to create an overall better final product. "
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.