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sjohnson at mtsu.edu sjohnson at mtsu.edu
Fri Jan 25 10:30:11 EST 2002

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
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