In trangenics in crops - some ethical concerns?

k so i have a few questions. while i was searching around for Ethics in transgenics in crops ( if you have any please post in your answer)

there was one i needed help expanding on. its "scientist' are concerned because of the timpact on humans and the enviroment"

... how would you expand on that... i still tried reaserching but i found nothing..

oh yeah and the job for this is a seed technologist right?...i think


i ment if there are any crops besides corn that is genetically engeneered. i also ment whats a way to xpand "crossing species boundaries creating new plants and long tem affects on human heath and the enviroment "

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Wow, this is an extremely broad topic, which hundreds of possibilities may occur. Due to the wording of the question I may have not understood it the way it was intended; if that is the case please re-word.

    Transgenic involvement in crops, refers to plants created in a laboratory using recombinant DNA technology. Since I am not aware of your understanding, here is a brief summary of what this technology entails.

    Plants have particularly phenotypes (genes) which represent a specific feature of the plant. For example, along with the other alleles (what makes up a gene), there is an allele for color; lets take for example a pea. Lets say a pea has two choices, green or yellow. Green is represented as G + g; capital G represents the dominant form, lower case g represents recessive form. Yellow is represented as Y + y; capital Y represents the dominant form, lower case y represents recessive form.

    From here a variable of opportunities are possible, to save space, lets say the pea is yellow in the end.(this is the process for one attribute)

    Now, your question. Lets take a soy plant for example. If the natural phenotype for this plant is 9312562 (made up). Lets say a scientist wants to 'improve' this plant by increasing the amount of something it produces; he/she may change it to 9312563.

    The human species is constantly changing. With a new generation comes a new modification (sorta speak).

    So for the hundreds of years that 9312562 was consumed, the new borns were presented with a recognition (if you will) if that type. Now 9312563 comes by, a man whom is 35years old tries this and sticks to it for years. This modification of the plant will eventually generate a modification which will occur in this man, in response to the plant modification.

    Ethics; hmmmm. I have a problem with ethics. Ethics is defined as- A set of principles of right conduct. Whom decides what is right or wrong? Church, government, parents, location of inhabitation.etc.....

    Assuming this question is from the U.S., I may have an idea of what ethics you are referring to. In terms of science, no there is nothing wrong with this; it offers a betterment of man (maybe). In respects to humans, no this is not ethical. Why? Two reasons that i can think of; First, for those of higher power worship, this is playing 'God'. Secondly, aside from population control possibilities, this genetic variation may lead to increased genetic mutation; either the cells of the ingesting organism (in this case humans) or cause a chain reaction of mutation for all crops sharing the same soil.

    P.S. This is just one possible occurrence.

  • 1 decade ago

    In Ottawa, Canada we have a museum that also runs a very large farm where they experiment with different crops.... the scientists who work there also manipulate genes to determine crop outputs for disease resistance, hardiness nutrition etc...ask them for information! They love to help

    Source(s): Canadian Museum of Agriculture in Ottawa, Canada
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