GENTECH archive 8.96-97
Virus resistant squash
- To: "Ban Genetically Engineered Foods" <Ban-GEF@lists.txinfinet.com>
- Subject: Virus resistant squash
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Tokar)
- Date: Fri, 1 Nov 1996 10:29:51 -0500
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An article in the Oct. 11 issue of Science (pp. 180-81) offers a fine
review of the issues surrounding Asgrow's virus resistant "Freedom2" (!)
squash. This is the first approved GE crop with wild relatives in the US,
in this case a wild Texas gourd. The article summarizes several studies
documenting the high probability of transferance of genetic traits to wild
crop relatives, and addresses the implications of a strain of transgenic
potato being tested in Mexico.
One quotable quote: Norm Ellstrand, ecological geneticist at the U. of
Calif. at Riverside is quoted on the likelihood of a major disaster: "It
will probably happen in far less than 1% of the products . . . but within
10 years we will have a moderate- to large-scale ecological or economic
catastrophe, because there will be so many products being released."