"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."
"Breeding is like pouring liquid through a funnel into a bottle. It focuses and streams it all into the new container. Selective breeding is like using a filter when you pour. Only whatever is allowed through the filter goes into the bottle"
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