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Date:

March 14, 2000

Subject:

Additional questions!

 

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Here are some additional questions? Please let me know.
Barun

Q 25. If GE does not direct benefit to consumers, why should they bear any
possible risk?

Q 26. Isn't biotechnology, such as rDNA techniques, substantively different
from conventional breeding methods?

Q 27. In conventional breeding within species, it is said that "vertical
transfer" of genes takes place. However, biotechnology allows "horizontal
transfer" of genes across species. To quote a prominent critic of
biotechnology, "Did any ask the tomato before changing its gene?" Isn't
such horizontal transfer unnatural, and therefore possibly unsafe, as well
as unethical?

Q 28. Is there a difference between applications of biotechnology in
agriculture and medicine? Why are the two perceived differently?

Q 29. Applications of biotech ranges from development of vaccines, to
pollution cleaning bacteria, biodegradable plastics, coloured cotton,
herbicide and pest resistant crops, to vitamin enriched crops. Isn't it
possible to draw a line between permissible and unpermissible application
of biotechnology?

Q 30. Is there any possible benefits of the so-called "Terminator
technology"? Or is it a means to exercise control over farmers' right to
grow their own seed?

Q 31. Isn't the credibility of regulatory agencies influencing the popular
perception of genetic engineering? Is it a failure of the regulatory agency
or is it a failure of the market and corporate ethics as such?

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