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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