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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Re: Alien viruses seeding life on Earth.

    It’s an interesting idea, but I don’t know that it’s all that helpful myself. All that theory really does is push the origin of life out into space. It doesn’t explain it.

    Where did those viruses come from?
    Under what conditions did they arise?
    Can we find specimens of them today in space?

  2. Finding about “natural” GMOs should not make anyone rethink their position, because it’s irrelevant. It’s just the appeal to nature fallacy. GMOs aren’t any more or less safe because of their natural status.

  3. @catgirl: The article isn’t about natural genetic modification. It’s about golden rice and the way that it’s being made available specifically to poor farmers in China, without all of the restrictions usually placed on farmers who buy GMO seeds.

  4. I love how in order to genetically modify a plant, you have to do in the highest level security bio hazard greenhouse (I forget the exact level number, but I do believe it is the same security requirements to handle anthrax). But anyone who can get their meat hooks on some radioactive material can blast as many seeds with radiation as they want, and scatter them to the wind, i.e. no regulation on that kind of plant modification.

    Selecting and inserting specific bits of genetic material or creating mutations in mass…Both are safe (excluding the threat of food allergies in GM plants) but only one is vilified. .

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