[LMB] No lefties

Joel Polowin jpolowin at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 7 18:12:31 BST 2019


Damien Sullivan <phoenix at mindstalk.net> wrote:
> So how about using genetic engineering to *add* diversity, whether genes
> from people other than the parents, or othehr species, or even new
> designer genes?

There are risks.  If a gene is copied from organism A to organism B,
that can make B vulnerable to a disease that had previously affected
only A.  Or make consumption of B impossible for people who were
previously allergic only to A.  The latter came up in 1996, when genes
from Brazil nuts were copied to soybeans to improve their protein
content, and made the soybeans allergenic to people to were allergic
to the Brazil nuts.

https://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/14/us/genetic-engineering-of-crops-can-spread-allergies-study-shows.html

Joel


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