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Re: Cummins on eugenics



Dear Rick,

I know that one of your best appreciated enenmies is Joe Cummins and many on 
this list knows that it's mainly your questionable honour that he left gentech.

Nevertheless I can't understand why you are trying to start again a discussion 
with him although he doesn't wrote to this list and he isn't a member anymore. 
There was one message from him forwarded from another member of this list. 
This forwarding doesn't justify your behaviour. If you want to argue with Mr 
Cummins send him an email but please don't try to warm up old quarrels.

Your other posting regarding the credibility of John Fagan seems to be a break
of a common rule (netiquette), not to publish private emails. I don't think
that Carl Jorgensen (cjorgen@lisco.com) gave you the permission to forward 
his email to a public mailing list (CC to cjorgen@lisco.com). 

On gentech are members with controversial views about genetic engineering. 
This diverse audience gives the change to learn from each other and to respect
opposite opinions but there is also the risk of personal attacks and 
insults. This risk is enhanced if some basic rules are neglected.

--Werner

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Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 11:43:40 -0500 (CDT)
To: rroush@schooner.waite.adelaide.edu.au
From: Carl Jorgensen <cjorgen@lisco.com>
Subject: Dr. John Fagan
 
Dear Rick,
 
Thank you for your e-mail message. Dr. John Fagan is well known both as an
accomplished molecular biologist and as an advocate for responsible use of
genetic science. Dr. Fagan developed the procedures used by Genetic ID for
detection of genetically modified content in crops and foods. Because of
his own perceptions of a potential conflict of interest between his advocacy
activities and having a financial interest in a company that benefits from
consumer demand for non-GMO foods, Dr. Fagan refused compensation from
Genetic ID. However, the Directors of Genetic ID felt that just as it is
appropriate for proponents of agricultural biotechnology to benefit
financially from their research, scientists like Dr. Fagan should receive
compensation arising from research that uses the same science to detect
genetic manipulations. Accordingly, the Directors of Genetic ID have given
Dr. Fagan equity in the company to compensate him for his scientific
contributions.
 
Genetic ID's public position on genetically modified foods:
"Genetic ID, L.C. supports the principle of consumer choice, and favors
balanced public discussion of the issue of genetically modified foods."
 
Genetic ID's technology has been independently validated and blind-tested
for its reliability and sensitivity, and the company is recognized as the
leader in the field of genetic analysis of food products.
 
Dr. Fagan's c.v. follows.
 
Sincerely,
Carl Jorgensen
Marketing Director
Genetic ID