Genetic engineering is a Good Thing?

Oz Oz at upthorpe.demon.co.uk
Fri Oct 9 00:24:23 EST 1998


In article <361d5290.18258503 at news.paralynx.com>, Dennis G.
<Dennis_Goos at mindlink.net> writes

>Dogs have a much higher incidence of nasal sinus cancer than do people. "This
>may be because they have more nose to get
>cancer in and because their noses are always on the ground sniffing up chemicals
>and other carcinogens that concentrate there,"
>says Dr. Kitchell. Carcinogens range from herbicides and pesticides for dogs in
>rural areas to factory or automobile pollution
>for urban dogs. 

This is an interesting mis-statement. Can anyone name a current
pesticide which is carcinogenic? IF so the FDA would like to know.

So perhaps Dr Kitchell is less well informed than one might imagine.

>While not a study, this column does put some perspective on the matter of cancer
>in dogs.

Not really. Any more than breast cancer or testicular cancer puts a
perspective on humans. (I hope).

>On the other hand the sniffing of urban and automobile pollution requires no
>permit and children likely experience a great deal more pollution in going to
>school and into the community then does the dog staying home in the apartment.

Good point. A known carcinogen (benzene) is available in bulk at every
petrol station and being more dense than air, is likely to be closer to
a dogs nose than a humans.

-- 
Oz



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