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Agriculture Working in the Galton Laboratory, the first laboratory set up specifically to study human inheritance, and doing research connected with the inheritance of human genetic disease and with the human genome project, I am as guilty as anyone of neglecting the tremendous importance of genetics to agriculture. You may feel that as tomorrow's doctors you too can safely neglect this area. However, as a figure of authority and with your scientific training you are bound to meet from time to time requests for information such as "Is it safe to eat genetically modified food?". In lecture 5 we will consider the techniques of molecular genetics as applied to both human genetics and to agriculture so that even if you lack the detailed information to
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Unformatted text preview: answer the above question, at least you will understand what processes were involved in creating a "genetically engineered" strain of plants or animals. Some of the products which have made it to the supermarket shelves include: • delayed ripening tomatoes • freeze resistant strawberries • fast growing fish Last year Tommy Archer was acquitted in Borchester Crown Court for destroying a field full of genetically modified oilseed rape. Was he right or wrong to fear this crop? (Apologies to those of you who do not follow radio soap opera!) This year true life followed fiction as Lord Peter Melchett was found not guilty on similar charges....
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