an article in science-this-week might be interesting to in class
about gmos. abstract follows.
[Volume 295, Number 5555, Issue of 25 Jan 2002, pp. 674-676.
The use of genetic engineering to improve crop plants has been the
subject of intense debate. Although the technology offers potential
for improving nutritional quality and growth traits of a variety of
crops, public concern about the ecological impact of such
engineered crops and about their value
as foodstuffs has slowed their acceptance in some countries.
Huang et al. (p. 674) have analyzed the state of affairs in China.
Surveys from 1997 through 2000 indicate avid exploration of the
potential of genetically modified crops, and their analysis indicates
reduced costs and usage of pesticides for certain crops.
Sandra L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Plant Physiological Ecologist
Middle Tennessee State University
Biology Department PO Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN 31732
Phone: (615) 898-2021
FAX: (615) 898-5093