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Is Opposition to
Genetic Engineering Moral?

National Review Online, by Henry I. Miller & Drew L. Kershen

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Posted By:veritas, 11/26/2012 2:20:40 PM

There’s an old saying that no good deed goes unpunished. That certainly seems to be true for many breakthroughs in genetic engineering. Here are several particularly egregious examples. 1. "Biopharming" — a new way to make drugs. Diarrhea is the number-two infectious killer of children under the age of five in developing countries, surpassed only by respiratory diseases. It accounts for roughly 2 million deaths a year. But thanks to a simple but ingenious innovation by an emerging biotech company, Ventria Bioscience, those numbers could become a relic of the past, like mortality from

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This is some very important stuff. The subject must be examined morally, practically, and technically by people of ability - and scrupulous honesty. No, I have no idea where to find the latter. And "anti-biotech absolutists" have to be kept out of it.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 11/26/2012 3:50:57 PM     (No. 9034740)

I can see anything immoral about it.

How different is this from hybridizing plants?

Or selecively breeding animals?



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Reply 2 - Posted by: mitzi, 11/26/2012 3:51:34 PM     (No. 9034742)

Re #1 ... that should be "can´t" not "can."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 11/26/2012 4:07:58 PM     (No. 9034776)

Actually - going Organic is just as immoral.

The average organic farmer raises less than 60% as much as a modern practice farmer. So, go organic and starve 3rd world children.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/26/2012 4:11:15 PM     (No. 9034782)

OP. Yeh, good luck with that.

Personally I agree. There is a lot of deliberate opposition to beneficial science and technology. Some is professionally conducted, some is just foolish, some a con which benefits only the leaders.

But I won´t endorse any argument that people lack the right to question. That IMO is slavery; lobotomy of the masses for the convenience of scientists and rulers.

The writers sound a little like 12th Century Priests:

"God has established the Church. We are ordained to tell you what God wants. You are to obey. That is the natural order and never to be questioned."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Packard Man, 11/26/2012 4:47:24 PM     (No. 9034840)

It´s a biological issue not a moral one.Let´s hope we don´t regret this down the road. Science doesn´t always know better. Remember how bad butter was and how margerine was better? Then 30 years later..
Ooops...Trans Fats!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MsMontana, 11/26/2012 5:17:13 PM     (No. 9034874)

I really have no issue with bio-engineering except for two things:

Number one, I want to know what is bio-engineered and what is not so I have a choice as to whether or not I consume it or buy it for my family to consume

and Number two, I do not want companies to be able to patent their invention so that if someone who raises it in a field next to mine....and their pollen blows over and pollinates what I am growing, then I don´t want to have to pay a company like Monsanto a royalty when I signed no agreement to do so should they lose control of their intellectual property through no fault of my own.

Otherwise, have at it.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rubinski, 11/26/2012 5:31:40 PM     (No. 9034888)

Eating genetically engineered food might be bad for you--we don´t really know the effects.

The best seller "Wheat Belly" proposes that it is the gluten in genetically modified wheat that is responsible for the obesity crisis in the US.

Monsanto owns most of the patents on a lot of food crop seeds. These foods generally do not produce seeds on their own--you must buy them from Monsanto.

Does this sound like a good idea to you?



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Reply 8 - Posted by: chumley, 11/26/2012 5:58:28 PM     (No. 9034926)

Lets not forget the law of unintended consequences. A change in one thing always causes changes elsewhere. Modern fads are more often than not a bad thing.
Those who embrace change too readily are fools. Those who worship at the altar of science are little better. Better to step back and make double dead dog sure before diving into things.
Maybe they should listen to some quadraphonic records or watch their betamax movies and think about this. Or take a walk in their Earth Shoes.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 11/26/2012 7:38:47 PM     (No. 9035043)

"Science" is just a codified method of paying attention to the results of one´s tests.

The left is rich with a type of Luddite who sees corporate conspiracies in every garden.

"Progressivism" is a religion and a badly mis-named one, at that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: veritas, 11/26/2012 7:55:05 PM     (No. 9035061)

Good posts. Kudos.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: kanphil, 11/26/2012 8:15:43 PM     (No. 9035091)

Actually, it´s immoral to be against genetically modified foods. Without them, it will be impossible to feed the world´s billions and children will starve. Now, that´s immoral. We have been eating genetically modified soy and rice for years and years with nary an ill effect. As long as we keep samples of the pure strain(which we do)I don´t see how GMO can get loose and cause harm.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bob913, 11/26/2012 10:48:17 PM     (No. 9035195)

Everything is genetically engineered. That corn on the cob you ate was just a nub as was the potato until people thru the centuries cross pollinated them. That cow you barbecued was not even around until late in the 1800´s. It was created thru cross breeding. All our food is modified.

Medicines have allowed billions of people to live longer and in better health.

democrats hate that part and with obamacare and it´s ilk in other countries, are doing their best to kill people by denying food and medicine and mosquito control. They already are responsible for millions of people dying horrible deaths from malaria by banning DDT.


FTA: “I thought that if I presented the facts in a reasonable manner, people would respond in a reasonable way. But that’s not happening.”

Boy was he naive or what!

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