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Re: unexpected effects from GE

What you write is also how it seems to me, but I am keen to hear whay Rick has to say on this matter.
Can you explain what "pleiotropic gene effects" are?
Also where is your quote "economic and lucrative perfect gene set" from?
-----Original Message-----
From: CAM <>
To: Clive Elwell <>
Date: Sunday, 6 December 1998 05:43
Subject: Re: unexpected effects from GE

I wonder about the DNA set of any organism, that took thousand of years to get to a "perfect" and competitive equilibrium to survive; Then we humans distort it by breeding methods to induce it to a "Better" type to get economic benefits from some of hid parts, Now, we want more and disrupt the "normal set of genes" with any foreign gene. Afterwards we expect that it must continued being "NORMAL" for our commercial purposes. We forgot of gene interaction, of pleiotropic gene effects, and said that it doesn't occurs, that everything continues being "normal".

That's crazy

In only 5 to 10 or at least 20 years we made a "economic and lucrative perfect gene set"

How NORMAL It sounds?

At 11:36 AM 5/12/98 +1300, you wrote:
Dear Rick

You wrote:
What would be the mechanism for the creation of "peak X" from the genetic engineering?

If you don't mind, let us step back, for the moment, from the specific issues of tryptophan and Bt toxin, and widen the issue somewhat.

I want to ask if you accept, or not, that the process of genetically engineering can, and does, bring about unexpected, unpredictable effects in the plants which are the recipients of foreign genes?

Perhaps I should make it clear that I am not an expert in the field of genetics, I've just done some reading on the issues this year, as a concerned, involuntary, consumer.

Clive Elwell