Genetic Engineering does indeed have problems

Chris J. Durden drdn at
Thu Feb 24 23:01:17 EST 2000

At 01:08  23/02/00 -0500, you wrote:
>I follow this debate with great interest.  20 years ago I took a 
>toxicology class where each class period we started by talking about the 
>toxic secondary plant compounds as they occur in nature.  Often the 
>toxic compounds were from a food plant.
>One example I remember somewhat was  psoralin the chemical in potato 
>that is from the green tissues.  Tubors have less but the chemical is 
>still present and very senitive people sometimes become sick from this 
>photo active chemical.
>I vote for the need for more data gathering as this new tool shows 
>unlimited usefulness but unlimited potential for destruction if the only 
>criteria for evaluation is $$.
>just my humble two cents!
>As the quote says---------------------
>The gene pool could use a little chlorine ??????????
Thanks Mike. I have not been eating potatoes for over 5 years now. I use
yuca/manioc instead - much healthier, but I do peel off the bark first.
But, seriously, back to leps - that little cossid known as 'gusano rojo' is
exquisite and quite on a par with truffles for the gourmet.

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