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By Conrad G. Brunk, Harold Coward

ISBN-10: 1438428944

ISBN-13: 9781438428949

ISBN-10: 1438428952

ISBN-13: 9781438428956

Glossy biotechnology has passed technology fiction with such feats as placing fish genes in tomatoes to create a extra cold-resistant crop. whereas the environmental and health and wellbeing issues over such genetically transformed meals were the topic of public debate, spiritual and religious viewpoints were given brief shrift. This e-book seeks to appreciate the ethical and non secular attitudes of teams inside of pluralistic societies whose traditions and ideology elevate for them particular questions about nutrients and nutritional perform. What questions are there for kosher Jews, halal Muslims, and vegetarian Hindus approximately nutrients items containing transgenes from prohibited resources? How do those meals influence the cultural practices and non secular teachings of indigenous peoples? issues from the above traditions in addition to Christianity, Buddhism, chinese language faith, and moral vegetarianism are integrated. participants examine the moral context of every culture and likewise contain info from concentration teams. This enlightening paintings concludes with innovations for the labeling of genetically transformed meals.

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With DNA technologies able to facilitate identification 32 Samuel Abraham and isolation of genes from any organism at a phenomenal rate, the world has now become open to any and all prospects of biomining (seeking unique genes for traits of commercial/social importance). For the immediate future, the biotechnology industry will continue to seek new ways to exploit existing agricultural practice while potentially adding value to the foods we consume for both the farmer and the consumer. Additionally, newly developed GM foods are likely to undergo a refinement over existing technical strategies with respect to the specific tissue targeted for transgene expression as well as the permitting of only transient expression of the transgene.

Human beings have introduced considerable genetic modification into agricultural species by selective breeding (the old way of manipulating traits) for desired traits. This represents thousands of years of genetic manipulation further amplified by modern day agricultural practice that, while broadly seen as acceptable, has become the springboard for the rapid acceptance and dissemination of GMOs. • Adoption of these large-volume, uniform production methods has led to a decrease in the genetic diversity of agricultural products.

22 Samuel Abraham abnormal version of this gene) to severe (death due to loss of lung function in the adult). To determine whether a trait is simple or complex, the impact of the expression of a single gene on a trait can be described by a simple equation where a value (high or low) can be ascribed to the gene. A gene with a high value codes for a simple trait where other genes and environmental factors matter little in the equation, and therefore the full manifestation of the trait would always accompany the inheritance of such a gene.

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