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knochel Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:19 PM
I recently saw an episode of Modern Marvels about rice. In it, scientists genetically developed a hybrid that was flood resistant but also tasted good. Once they proved it lived up to their claims, they then had to spend additional time going through the old fashioned method of cross-breeding the 2 strains until they achieved the same results. Newsflash, cross-breeding is genetic engineering, just on a longer time-scale! Think of the millions of third world hunger victims who may have lived if this strain had gotten to market sooner.
rwright Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 11:18 PM
Genetic engineering is adding genes from some other form, such as salmon, to corn. Cross pollinating happens naturally. They are not the same.
jstewart100 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 11:19 AM
We in the media rarely lie to you.

But that leaves plenty of room to take things wildly out of context.

That's where most big scare stories come from, like recent headlines about GM foods. GM means "genetically modified," which means scientists add genes, altering the plant's DNA, in this case to make the crop resistant to pests.

Last week, Poland joined seven other European countries in banning cultivation of GM foods.

The politicians acted because headlines screamed about how GM foods caused huge tumors in rats. The pictures of the rats are scary. Some have tumors the size of tennis...