It was 150 years ago that Charles Darwin first showed to the world that nature makes subtle changes in species, and passes them onto future generations. The ones that help the species survive get passed on. The others die with the unfortunate. It wasn’t until 1944 that DNA was identified as the carrier of those traits. Following these critical discoveries, scientific research has enabled man to do what nature does, sometimes beating it at its own game.
Beating nature at its own game – Roundtable Review, 29 May 2012
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You are absolutely right about the potential impact of genetic engineering – it is a boon we have barely sampled from, and it is fundamentally nothing different from the interbreeding of plants and animals that we have done for tens of thousands of years. Mules are no less natural than GM crops, and they can’t save millions from starvation and malnutrition.
Continuing to show that GM does not do harm and instead brings benefits is also really important. As well as that, good scientific education in schools is absolutely essential. I still remember the GM protest I ran into a couple of years ago, with protesters there carrying the banner: “We don’t want DNA in our tomatoes”…