genetically altered food

Eli Hestermann ehestermann at whoi.edu
Wed Apr 23 08:06:56 EST 1997


weck at rcs.urz.tu-dresden.de wrote:
> 
> Hey folks don't you all know how these products are made?
> If some one wants to control whether the genetic manipulation
> was successful he/she needs something as a marker in the product.
> the markers often are resistances agains antibiotics!
> So do not wonder if with all the gmo-food stuff your next bacterial
> infection will end in a desaster!

Despite the alarmist ending, this post does make a good point.  Removal
of antibiotic resistance markers from engineered crops is a big item on
the agenda of the agri-biotech companies.  Such products (which have the
resistance gene removed after the gene of interest is transferred in)
are becoming available.

-- 
Eli V. Hestermann
ehestermann at whoi.edu
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Vita brevis est, ars longa" - Seneca



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