Faith in nature can be fatal: Creating allergen free foods through GM technology

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Chemists now use the word organic to describe all complex, carbon-based molecules—whether or not they are actually products of an organism or products of laboratory synthesis.  But many educated people in Western countries think that only some crops and cows are organic, while all others are not.  How can one simple word — organic — have such different meanings? In reality, laboratory scientists can make subtle and precise changes to an organism’s DNA sequence, while high-energy cosmic rays can break chromosomes into pieces that reattach randomly and sometimes create genes that didn’t previously exist.

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