This from the online Independent (UK) via Atrios through the link titled "Soylent Green is People."

GM industry puts human gene into rice

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor

24 April 2005

Scientists have begun putting genes from human beings into food crops in a dramatic extension of genetic modification. The move, which is causing disgust and revulsion among critics, is bound to strengthen accusations that GM technology is creating 'Frankenstein foods' and drive the controversy surrounding it to new heights.

Even before this development, many people, including Prince Charles, have opposed the technology on the grounds that it is playing God by creating unnatural combinations of living things.

Environmentalists say that no one will want to eat the partially human-derived food because it will smack of cannibalism...."

Do scientific, political, engineering, movie-TV-making, and etcetera developments based purely on "because we CAN," really ever do anything but make things worse?


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