Re-writing the Book of Life

Dr Abe V Rotor

Mutation end Genetic Engineering, acrylic 2002

After the hu~ race has “perfected” the model of the DNA, the code of heredity, he has succeeded in cracking the collection of laws itself, which is the “digest of life.”

This feat was preceded through the cracking the atom which brought public the first genie, the atomic bomb. What would the next to the first genie look like?

1. Does GMO suit cancer and other diseases? There is nay evidence to this yet. But cancer is overmuch complex a disease for us to mean fully. Whatever triggers the disease is not without delay determined until we accurately read it in the human genome draw. Questions are asked: “Where did prion (protein infective spring of mad cow disease) come from? “How does it give rise to Bovine Spongioform Encephalopathy (BSE), and the human the Crueztfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) to which the mad cow disease is associated?” “Other than cancer wherefore are there more young people contacting diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases?” We bestow not know the answers to these questions. We cannot disapprove these to GMO either. It is likewise early to say. But we wish to be wary.

2. GMO and the Terminator. In this plight, the genie is a multinational organization placed by fate in its hands of the agriculturist. This problem is worse than the terms imposed by producers of hybrid muddle seeds, where farmers are forced to refresh their seed stock every time they put in the ground . The Terminator is a GM maize variety carrying genes which automatically slay the crop embryo after harvesting. Consequently, the agriculturist needs to buy new seeds from the gathering. The creator, Monsanto, got the exasperation of many people. It projected a mean image of biotechnology.

3. Processed Food from GMO. Seemingly, you grant not see this kind of genie. We confer not know but we are erosive GM Food, often referred to as Frankenfood, hinder the novel Frankenstein, no matter to what extent much we try to avoid it. There was in ~ degree referendum conducted or public consultation judgment GMF was put to market. Today, GM soybean is processed into cooking oil, soy condiment, TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein), taho, tokwa, etc. GM potato finds its path through fast food chain. There are steaks, burgers, corned flesh of neat-cattle and milk which come from GM cows. But who is in duty bound when things go wrong, and to what extent can we seek redress?

4. GMO touches the fiber of refinement, beliefs and religion. People are usually sensitive to many things: cultural, conscientious, personal. Protests may be felt just in their silence. Could it have ~ing that people are silent since to profess can mean deprivation of food? As they recite: Beggars are no choosers.

5. “The genie obliges and nothing else to its master’s command.” Who’s timid of the big werewolf? Ask George Orwell. Anyone who has unravel his book, “1984” will comprehend. His definition of big brother is person that is benevolent and abusive at the sort time, according to his will. Susan George, in her book, How the Other Half Dies, is equally offensive. She claims that part of the nature is without sufficient food. One moiety of the world’s population is sharp-set and deprived of many basic necessarily, while the other half simply has abundant more than it needs. What guarantees vouchsafe we have that GMO will not become into hands of capitalists? Monsanto gave the seasonably signals. One wonders who controls (owns) the gene banks at the International Rice Research Institute, the International Wheat and Maiz Research Center (CYMMT), and other examination centers.

6. GMO may exist useful in medicine, but it can also create havoc to the livelihood world. Genetic engineering (GE) is similar to young as dawn. As light breaks, we take a rapid look before the sun is up. Genetic engineering, according to its proponents, is the elucidation to the control of malaria and break-bone fever. Entomologists have already isolated parasite-suppressing genes in mosquitoes. GE in physic, such as insulin production, has expanded into the prolongation of more potent antibiotics and hormones. If we can modify the efficiency of beneficial organisms, in like manner can we increase the virulence of pathogens. Genetic engineering may watching up one day the sleeping Bubonic Plague bacteria (Yersinia pestis) that killed single in kind-third of human population in the Dark Ages. Or urge on Anthrax into pandemic proportion. Genetic engineering be able to increase the virulence of potato blast fungus that caused starvation of Ireland in the 18th century. It can trigger the dreaded tungro virus infirmity of rice, so with rice withering fungus and other rice pathogens, and sneer out ricefields in unimaginable scale.

The mixture of drugs in genetically modified feed plants opens a new field of pharmacology, called biopharming. GMO mingled with vitamins can reduce infant human nature, blindness, and other associated defects. But answer we need to take medicine at what time we are not sick? What would have existence the effect of biopharmed food crops to our in a sound condition body? Conventionally man derives medicine from products of organisms and from naturally occurring sources. Today we are modifying these sources – just before discovering the potential ones. Scientists make no doubt of that we have yet to catch out the uses of more than 95 percent of tot~y plants. Man has bare knowledge of the creatures in the heartfelt ocean, and the rich diversity of the benefice world. The thrust of research has shifted to the gene more readily than the species.

7. Modern Frankenstein. It is that must be suffered that genetic engineering will be applied in human cloning. Today, we esteem so far applied human biotechnology mostly in helping childless couples bear children, of the like kind as through in vitro (outside of the matrix) fertilization. But with current results in dumb creature cloning, a technique is being developed to clone the human subsistence without encountering the problems that besiege Dolly the sheep, which is untimely aging. If this is not handled well, we may exist bringing forth a new Frankenstein marvel into our midst. x x x

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