Date: May 31 2000 10:23:17 EDT
From: "Frances B. Smith"
Subject: canberratimes.com - Science
A well-stated critique of anti-biotech activists by Dr.Doug Powell:
Subj: Frost Resistant tomatoes
Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 4:36:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time
The development and use of an antifreeze protein transgene in plants
derived from a flounder should be put in the category of urban myths.
While it is true that lab work in this area was done early on (early
1990's) by DNAP, it was never remotely succesful and was dropped by the
company a long time ago.
The news media picked it up and ever since has reported that a
frost-resistant tomato is on the market. It would be interesting for some
enterprising reporter to trace this myth as an example of mis-reporting
inacuracy in the media.
A/F Protein Inc
Subj: Re: fishy fruit
Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 8:23:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Bob MacGregor
I want to second Peter Lund's comments about non-transgenic
GEtransformations. My opinion is that most oponents of GE will oppose
equally this sort of alteration. My reasoning is that their objection is
from one (or both of two bases), they either hate the control of big
business and/or they fundamentally object to such intimate "meddling" with
a genome. Neither of these is amenable to argument or persuasion.
I read somewhere recently about a research group that is sifting through
so-called "junk" (or inactive) DNA to locate useful characteristics to
activate by promoter insertion. This, too, would not involve crossing
the species line, but, again, I think it would likely be put into the same
basket by the anti-GE folks on the grounds that such a change might alter
the (mysterious!) genetic ecology in unpredictable ways-- as if
conventional breeding and normal, random mutations aren't likely to act
the same way!
Subj: Re: Organic labels, quacks, Greenpeace colonialism, Irish teens
Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 10:17:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Abigail Salyers
Re Prince Charles' speech, I can't help noting that we always knew he
looked like Alfred E. Neumann (of Mad Magazine's "what me worry"fame), but
now we know he thinks like him too.
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