from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a strain of genetically altered bacteria that are applied to crop plants to inhibit the formation of frost.
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He also claimed that "the decisions to develop ice-minus bacteria, herbicide-resistant plants, and bovine growth hormone ... lent credibility to those who argued that biotechnology would make things worse before it made things better."
The ice-minus bacteria were successful at preventing frost damage to crops in field trials (without any safety problems) but never commercialized, largely because of the expensive and debilitating biotech regulation championed by Mr. Gore as a congressman, senator and vice president in spite of the consensus that gene-splicing technology is no more than a refinement of more primitive, less precise and less predictable methods of genetic modification.
A single microscopic bacterium, too small to see with the naked eye, but containing the genes for a heart-attack enzyme, streptokinase, or for "ice-minus," which prevented frost damage to crops, might be worth five billion dollars to the right buyer.