Archive for February, 2008

The Present Position of Genetically Modified Food

Even though genetically modified food may seem to be a possible answer to problems of food shortages happening on many parts of the world, it seems that doubts as to their safety still crops up. You may have heard of genetically modified food as well as crops being safe and does not pose any harm to people, there are been studies done that may say the opposite. It seems that genetic engineering and its application on various plants today may have been used haphazardly before an establishment of …

Herbicide Resistant Genes Found in Weeds

This news seems to be a blow to the biotechnology sector. It seems that their assurances of genetically modified being generally safe for the environment may have been over stated. It seems that the mission of biotech companies trying to calm consumers fearful of genetically modified plants and their effects may have just taken many steps backward. There has been a campaign started by people in the biotech sector trying to sell the idea that genetically modified organisms are perfectly safe. One…

Pest Developing Resistance to GM Crops

There is a news item from The Independent that says a certain kind of insect pest have been showing signs of developing resistance to GM crops modified to kill them. in a scientific study done by researchers from the University of Arizona found that an insect pest has recently developed a resistance to a built-in toxin gene that was genetically inserted into a genetically modified cotton crop. The purpose of the toxin gene in the GM cotton was to kill and control the said insect pest. This disco…

Tiny Genetic Differences Have Huge Consequences

It seems that tiny genetic modifications on an organism may have huge consequences after all. This may have an impact on the belief that certain genetically modified organisms may not pose any possible harm on humans without further testing. This may make some researcher think of making GMO’s go through more extensive testing before evaluating such organisms as safe. Although the study may have focused on how small changes in the DNA of an individual can lead to dramatic differences, this may al…