Re: Geneticly altered foods

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Posted by Rowland Bruce on December 06, 2000 at 11:59:49:

In Reply to: Re: Geneticly altered foods posted by renaissance_girl on July 12, 2000 at 18:29:57:

: Dan, see my June 27 post. Of course selective breeding and cross-polination are forms of genetic modification. The dividing line is whether or not you tamper DIRECTLY with recombinant DNA (something that's only been done to produce commercial products since 1995). When you breed corn containing virus genes, or soybeans with with genetic material from nuts, the ethical considerations get very serious. Grouping the processes together is like saying the Concorde is nothing more than a glorified paper airplane.

I would have thought it earlier than that. Surely "human" insulin was available commercially before 1995. That is produced by GM E coli bacteria.

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