Posted 11-21-2002 at 05:32:50
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The link below is from BBC news report on a U.S. scientist who is going to create a whole new life form using genetic engineering.
It struck me as timely because of 2 of yesterday's discussions here on the board, one on Genetically Modified (GM) plants, and the other was my question about nutria.
Seems that few folks responded to the question about GM, but of the ones that did very few thought there was anything wrong with it. One person even implied that those of us who distrusted or opposed it are "paranoid."
As far as the Nutria goes, turns out it was an introduced species...brought here in good faith in the belief that it would help people. After the act was done, we discovered that it was a big mistake, but like Pandora's box once opened the evil can't be put back into it ever again. There are lots of similar stories ("killer" bees, bermuda grass, chinese honeysuckle...)
Now here we are going to create a new life form. Legal? sure, and maybe it should be. A good idea? I sure don't see how. As I said before: we just don't know enough to be messing around with this kind of thing, regardless of promises of great benefits. We don't even know enough about the risks to ask a good question yet! And the GM crops are the same way--difference is that we're introducing them into the environment without a lot of choice on most folks' part. I guess money talks.