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Pandora's picnic basket : the potential and hazards of genetically modified foods

Author: Alan McHughen
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Did you know that there are fish genes in some tomatoes? That Brazil nut genes in soybeans can result in potentially lethal allergic reactions? That rapeseed plants bred to be resistant to herbicides could become uncontrollable superweeds? Genetically modified foods do pose real risks, and in recent years they have become the focus of a pitched battle between scientists, entrepreneurs, consumer advocates, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan McHughen
ISBN: 0198507143 pbk 0198506740 9780198507147 pbk 9780198506744
OCLC Number: 49309971
Description: viii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface. Protecting your turf: intellectual property and GM technology; Conclusion; Bibliography; Glossary; Index
Responsibility: Alan McHughen.

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The issue of genetically modified foods has become one of the most debated of the late 20th century. In simple language, this book explains the technologies underlying genetically modified food,  Read more...

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