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  • #16
    https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/ma...s-usda-destroy
    A man from Booneville, Ark., planted unsolicited mystery seeds he received from China weeks before government officials issued their warnings not to, and now that plant has been “prepped for incineration,” a spokesperson from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture told Fox News.
    ...
    “Department staff performed an unofficial identification of the plants and determined that it was Benincasa hispida – common name: Wax Gourd, Winter Melon, Chinese Watermelon. Out of an abundance of caution the plant material was incinerated,” wrote Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Public Information Manager Anna Thrash in an email. “After further discussion with our USDA partners we will be transferring plant material collected in the future to them for official identification.
    USDA probably wanted to check if this was a CRISPR melon. It did grow like crazy.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27995308/
    Efficient CRISPR/Cas9-based gene knockout in watermelon


    A WSJ reporter got some seeds, too.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/i-recei...na-11597425447
    I Received Packets of Mystery Seeds Postmarked From China
    Our reporter wanted to expand her garden during Covid. She ended up part of a global whodunit.

    By Rebecca Smith | Photographs by Christie Hemm Klok for The Wall Street Journal
    Aug. 14, 2020 1:17 pm ET
    Now people are getting larger packages labeled "masks."
    https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news...es-from-china/
    The Canfield couple checked the label. It looks like someone had ordered masks. The couple already had plenty and the package made them curious.

    “It pretty quickly moved to concern as soon as we realized it was from China and escalated once we saw Wuhan,” Beary said.
    The cookbook?
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    • #17
      https://www.goskagit.com/scnews/news...01864f72b.html
      Seeds from China land on Camano Island...Her son had told her to be careful with her mail — that people might be sending anthrax because people open packages without a second thought, just like she had done. Now she had a plastic baggie with a dozen small, round discs, like little space ships.

      They’re corms, sprouting and trying to grow within the baggie.

      “I looked at them for two seconds and put them back in the package, put it in a zip lock (bag) and washed my hands like three times and called my son,” she said...
      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-...seeds/12592348
      Mystery seeds arrive at Australian addresses from Asia, prompting fears of biosecurity risk
      ABC Rural
      / By national rural reporter Kath Sullivan
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      Ask Congress to Investigate COVID Origins and Government Response to Pandemic H.R. 834

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      (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
      Never forget Excalibur.

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      • #18
        A good summary of what people did with the seeds:

        https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a...-mystery-seeds

        I don't know whether to laugh, scream, or cry.

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        • Emily
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          That's very concerning, Alert.
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