Genetically altered food - evidence of benefit or harm?

K N and P J Harris ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Wed Apr 23 12:47:40 EST 1997


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> In Article <01bc4d86$0a6e79e0$04f10198 at bwt>, "Denise Melanson"
> <dmmelans at unity.ncsu.edu> wrote:
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> >I probably should not comment one way or another about this subject, 
but...
> >
> >The FACT is, we eat DNA every day from every single organism we 
consume,
> >raw, cooked or otherwise, and although I am not sure whether the 
results of
> >this FACT have been studied (I don't know what the control could be), 
I
> >fail to see how it would matter to our very rigorous digestive 
systems the
> >source of that DNA, be it bacterial, fungal, animal, or plant. 
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> Good point. As a matter of fact, fresh foods also have bacteria and 
viruses
> on the surface. We already consume the DNA of microbes with our food.
> Tracy
Not only that but if you are into live yoghourt you have probably 
consumed several thousand completely new mutant bacteria per pot ! Where 
does that leave genetic engineering by comparison ?
Peter Harris,
Reading, U.K.




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