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    Default If gene editing to "improve" food sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is

    Joanna Blythman
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    Imagine having a pair of magic scissors that would allow you to ‘improve’ natural food. With these scissors you could cut away all the annoying things about it and paste in desirable new characteristics: higher yields, superior nutrients, and so on. Theoretically speaking, such a technology is with us now: gene or genome editing. The most publicised of these “molecular scissors” to date is CRISPR, but there are others.
    Despite the diplomatically opaque new name, gene editing is turbo-charged genetic engineering, only so far with better PR. But if the free traders and corporate influencers in Westminster get their way and deregulate the law that currently governs genetic engineering there, gene edited foods could be green lighted, unlabelled, for English plates, so that most people wouldn’t realise that they were eating them.

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    Default Re: If gene editing to "improve" food sounds too good to be true, that’s because it i

    thats going to be something that very far away to be possible. But if there is one, can i have it?

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    Default Re: If gene editing to "improve" food sounds too good to be true, that’s because it i

    Islander, the link leads me to getting started with gmail, no article. I pasted the heading into Google and came up with this: https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/late...-because-it-is

    scilover, it's not 'far away", it's here today. They are just changing the laws so no-one will know they are eating it. You can now read the whole article in the new link.
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    Default Re: If gene editing to "improve" food sounds too good to be true, that’s because it i

    scilover, this is not something that's desirable. Every time humans try to improve upon nature, the result is unpredictable and usually damaging, destructive or toxic. Did you read the entire article? Here's an excerpt:

    "I attended a briefing on gene editing led by the London-based molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou. It left me deeply concerned. He flagged up the growing body of gold standard scientific research that highlights the unintended and potentially dangerous risks that gene edited foods pose. Far from being precise and predictable, these lab-based, artificial interventions damage plant or animal DNA, not just at the intended site of the genetic alteration, but elsewhere. "For instance, it emerged last year that a hornless bull gene edited by a Minnesota company was unintentionally contaminated by bacterial genes from another species. https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/08/29/65364/recombinetics-gene-edited-hornless-cattle-major-dna-screwup/"
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