Re: genetic engineering

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Posted by renaissance_girl on June 27, 2000 at 17:31:51:

In Reply to: genetic engineering posted by godkes on June 16, 2000 at 16:56:26:

There's a big difference between selective breeding and inserting genes from unrelated species into the DNA of another. For example, those lovely lavender roses people ooh and aah over were created by inserting a gene from a blue-scaled tropical fish found near the Great Barrier reef.

Here's a good example of the dangers--genes from Brazil nuts were inserted into soybean DNA to create a variety with higher protein content. Those soybeans subsequently caused allergic reactions in test subjects who were sensitive to Brazil nuts. Fortunately, those soybeans never made it to market. But when we start transplanting genes, its impossible to predict all the effects in advance.

Even more frightening: type the words "terminator seeds" into your search engine and read some of the resulting articles. This type of technology could someday be responsible for widespread famine. If you're not worried, you should be.

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