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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Pork Julius.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Brian, our oranges are in danger. A citrus virus is threatening to destroy them. According to the New York Times, though, scientists are working to create a new, genetically modified orange plant that will include DNA from what?

BRIAN BABYLON: I think I know this. Can you give me a slight hint?

SAGAL: Well, the O in O.J. will stand for oink.

BABYLON: Oh, it's going to give pig DNA because bugs hate that.

SAGAL: Exactly right.

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SAGAL: Pigs is the answer. Something called citrus greening, which is not a beauty treatment they offer at a spa here in Asheville, but a disease, is wiping out orange crops all over the world. If no cure is found, oranges will go extinct, more or less, and the rest of us will be forced to drink tomato juice for breakfast and to find some other word to use to describe John Boehner's skin color.

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SAGAL: But, but...

BABYLON: Oranges will be to the next level because they'll taste like bacon.

SAGAL: That's true.

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SAGAL: Well, this is if this works, you know. This is if this works. Citrus growers are trying something daring. They're going to design a new orange plant from the DNA up, hoping to engineer resistance to the disease.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: So this orange juice is not kosher?

SAGAL: No, presumably. Well, that's an interesting question.

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