INB Biotechnologies Philadelphia is developing a nontoxic anthrax vaccine

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INB Biotechnologies (Philadelphia) is developing a nontoxic anthrax vaccine through the transgenic modification of petunias, causing the plant to manufacture new proteins, which when eaten prompt the development of anti-anthrax antibodies. So, instead of "eat your peas," the imperative will be to "eat your petunias!"
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A common approach to thinking about the ethics of the genetic engineering of food crops and the appropriate regulatory environment is by evaluating safety and weighing potential risks and benefits. The risk side of the ledger includes (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations):
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First are potential risks to the environment and wildlife. Genes may "escape" and find their way into other members of the species or other species. Imagine the trouble if herbicide-resistant genes found their way into weeds. GM crops could compete or breed with wild species threatening biodiversity. Monogenetic crops may not react sufficiently to environmental stresses, posing the danger of an reenactment of Ireland's potato famine. What are the risks to birds, insects and other non-target species that come into contact with or consume GM plants?
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Second are potential risks to human health. There is the potential that allergy-producing genes will be inserted into unrelated foodstuffs. Since GM foods are not labeled, a person could suffer a potentially fatal allergic reaction, e.g., an allergenic Brazil nut gene was transferred to a soybean variety, but the resultant modified crop was never released to the public. GM products may inadvertently enter the human food supply as evidenced by the settlement between Syngenta and the U.S. government over the accidental sale of unapproved GM (Bt10) corn seed to farmers.
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Third are potential socio-economic effects. Small-scale farmers could be negatively impacted by the market dominance of a few powerful seed companies. Some worry about the potential loss of traditional farming practices such as collecting, storing, and replanting seed. The proprietary nature of biotechnology may slow basic research, and patent protection may hinder the entry of GM foods into developing countries as has been the case with pharmaceuticals.
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Fourth is the potential risk to public trust generated in part by industry refusal to label GM foods as such (Monsanto has spent approximately $50 million in opposition to labeling).
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The benefit side of the ledger stresses: First, there are potential benefits to agricultural productivity through the development of crops more resistant to pests, disease, and severe weather, decreasing the risk of devastating crop failure.
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  • Spring '14
  • BVERGARA
  • Genetically modified organism

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