Of course we agree - but I did annoted that paragraph with what is in brackets
and resend it. Here it is again in case it mas missed:
Basically, genes that were developed over millenniums in one evolutionary
line can not necessarily be snipped out and pasted in another organism with
different origins and (perhaps) destiny, [without unforeseen, far reaching and
perhaps grave repercussions]. This issue is far more complex than the
variables the you are looking at and raises questions of integrity -
biological and ecological integrity that simply have never been dealt with
since life began on this planet. No one has the answers at this point and
much more caution is called for than that which has been mandated, as yet.
The way you are postulating the issue, your conclusions are foregone, self
justified. But there are aspects to the issue you are ignoring and so many
unknowns that any wholesale presumption is simply uncalled for at this time
In the same vein, I hope Bob McGreagor doesn't mind if I post something of his:
I think that "patience" is what has been lacking in tree fruit breeding.
That also applies to GMO's - the idea of genetic varietal improvement through
genetics is fine, but do it through breeding, not microsurgery.
Bob also said " I think a lot of what progress has been made is by amateurs
who tinker for a lifetime to come up with something good... as you say, if you
want something you have to do it yourself."
I include that comment in the sense that if you want to breed something better
(like a better baby), are you going to splice genes or do it yourself with what
you've got? Is food really less personal?
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On 18/05/99 at 10:02 AM J. S. wrote:
>The scary things is that YES, THEY CAN!!!!!!
>and that is what a great many biotechnologists are doing as I write
>this...what cannot necessarily be done is cutting and pasting genes without
>HUGE and primarily not known/understood ecological ramifications.
>>From: "Douglas M. Hinds" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>To: "MV" <XD026Y@mail2.compy-net.com>, email@example.com
>>Subject: Re: GMO and cars
>>Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 06:44:08 -0600
>>Basically, genes that were developed over millenniums in one evolutionary
>>line can not necessarily be snipped out and pasted in another organism
>>with different origins and (perhaps), destiny.
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