Genetic engineering is a Good Thing?

Tracy Aquilla taquilla at erols.com
Thu Oct 8 16:13:49 EST 1998


In Article <1998Oct7.134428.20146 at jarvis.cs.toronto.edu>, bae at cs.toronto.edu
(Beverly Erlebacher) wrote:
>In article <+rGKXCAxCqG2Ew1p at upthorpe.demon.co.uk>,
>Oz  <Oz at upthorpe.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>>In article <6vdu4m$moj$1 at nnrp1.dejanews.com>, irv4vz0c at my-dejanews.com
>>writes
>>
>>>> >Agent Orange,
>>>>
>>>Ever heard of Vietnam??
>>
>>Certainly. But deaths due to AO?
>
>One of he worst legacies of the Vietnam war is the very high incidence of
>children born with limb defects and neurological abnormalities after their
>parents were exposed to Agent Orange.

I do not doubt this, but can you cite any peer reviewed data that indicate
AO is the cause?

>The incidence of leukemias and other cancers has increased remarkably in
>US corn and grain farmers and their families over the past 20-30 years, 
>out of proportion to the incidence of these cancers in other rural residents 
>or the population as a whole.

Again, any indication of the cause?

>A survey of veterinarians found that pet dogs are four times more likely
>to get leukemia if they belong to families that use commercial lawn services

Was it a properly designed and controlled survey, and were the data published?

>It's too hard to
>gather data on the children who play on the lawns with the dogs, however.

That makes no sense. Why would it be any more difficult to collect data on
the incidence of leukemias in the children at the same time, while
collecting the data on lawn services and dog leukemias?
Tracy



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