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Genetically modified crops - February issue

Pete Lucas pjml at not-for-mail.nerc-swindon.ac.uk
Mon Feb 15 08:37:24 EST 1999


Hybrid-T wrote:
> Phil Jones wrote:
> 
> > It is being put about by the media that genes from GM foods could
> > enter the human gene pool via the stomach, and so cause human
> > gene modification.
> 
> I realize it's the MEDIA saying this, but does anyone on this thread
> believe this? How could genes enter the "human gene pool" through the
> *stomach*?? Any genetic material ingested is broken down into
> constituent nucleotides so that cells have a pool of free nucleotides to
> work with as they need.

And if such trans-species transfer of genetic material through
the stomach-wall *was* going to happen, why hasn't it happened
some time over the last N millennia during which animals have  
been happily eating other plants and animals?



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