The new alchemists : the risks of genetic modification
- Bizzarri, Mariano.
- Southampton, UK ; Boston : WIT Press, 2012.
- Physical description
- ix, 211 p. ; 25 cm.
SB123.57 .B59 2012
- Unknown SB123.57 .B59 2012
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Contents 1. Once upon a time, there were strawberries Tomatoes No Longer Go Bad-- Hungry for Business 2 The apprentice sorcerer's laboratory The Pages of the Book of Life-- The Central Dogma of Biology-- One Gene, One Enzyme-- Insertion of the Transgene-- Fibonacci's Series 3 The ultragene invasion The Devil Makes the Saucepans but Not the Lids (Italian Proverb)-- Producing More-- Resistance to Herbicides-- Gene Transfer-- Uncle Scrooge's Sweater-- Can Microbes Change Climate?Bizarre Bacteria-- "We Arrived 20 Million Acres of Bt-Maize Too Late"-- Insect-Resistant Plants-- The Incredible Story of Bt-Toxins-- Rabbits in Australia-- A Little Ecology-- The Unique Wealth of Biodiversity 4 The chimera factory A Modern Bestiary-- A Cat Called Birillo-- Turn Off the TV and Stop Reading the Newspapers-- Milk with Hormones-- Not Only Cows Are Mad-- Animals Fed with GMOs-- Animals Are No Longer Human 5 365 new diseases We Have No More Antibiotics-- Gene Transfer-- Soy Tasting of Coconut-- Urticaria and Other Pleasures-- Poisonous Potatoes-- Genomic Instability and Pleiotropic Effects-- The Unpredictable Is Always Unexpected-- Other Confirmations 6 Science fiction Old and New Viruses-- Threats-- What to Do? Risks, rules and precautions-- Forgotten Risks-- Be as Wise as Serpents and as Simple as Doves-- Scientific and Metascientific Criteria: The Nature of Risk-- Soylent Green-- Absence of Proof Is Not Proof of Absence--The Unpredictability of Risk-- Who Controls Who?-- Equivalent for Whom? 8 Bread for man? The Ideas of Science-- The Presumption of the New Religion-- The Objections: World Hunger-- Is There Any Bargain in This?-- Second Objection: Regulation and Control-- Much Rice for Little Vitamin A-- Do Not Open that Door-- Shall We Conclude?-- Bionic Man.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Fifteen years after the first genetically modified seeds and food, only four genetically modified plants have achieved significant market positions: corn, cotton, rapeseed and soybeans. Most of the other new constructs have caused unsolved problems or are only at the project stage, demonstrating the complexity of the task facing biotech companies. Doubts are also emerging about the real economic and agronomic benefits of genetically modified organisms. Little is known about their potential for upsetting environmental biodiversity in an irreversible way. Worries about their impact on human health have not been dispelled but have increased with the evident incapacity of current international standards to ensure controls and enforcement. Reliable risk assessment models and methodologies have not yet been developed and cannot be expected soon: this makes it impossible to assess the nature (qualitative aspects) and extent (quantitative aspects) of the risks, and prevents estimates based on the risk/benefit ratio. In this situation it seems prudent to resort to the precautionary principle, defined in the Cartagena Protocol and incorporated in the Rio Declaration. The stakes are high and discussion needs to be brought to a level of scientific proof that leaves no room for ambiguity or alibis. Governments, companies and scientists must be called to respond to the specific questions raised by the vast scientific literature. There have been too many accusations of poor science and too many unproven claims and statements, symptomatic of conflicts of interest. It is time for fair debate with all sides on an equal footing.
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- Publication date
- M. Bizzarri.