Biotech companies involved in genetic engineering are coming up with pretty aggressive campaigns in order to promote genetic engineering. Most of their campaigns focus on the advantages and benefits gained through the use of genetic engineering. However, being biotech companies, none of them will acknowledge the fact that there are such things as genetic engineering dangers.
The imbalances that may probably happen in the environment up to the dangers involving human health have yet to be fully disclosed and studied. Yet, the public is kept hanging as to what are the actual truths behind genetic engineering.
The Controversial Cons of Genetic Engineering
Due to the aggressive campaigns of the biotech companies, there seems now to be pros as compared to the cons of genetic engineering. However, this may be because of the fact that many of these companies try to overshadow the disadvantages over the advantages. If one looks at the disadvantages one would surely be dismayed by the products of genetic engineering.
While it is true that the genetic code has been broken making the science of genetic engineering possible, what has to be remembered is that the true function of many genes have yet to be completely defined as scientists have barely scratched the surface when it comes to genes. The effects of cross-breeding between species and the products that they create are similar to crapshoot as scientists cannot really be predict the outcome of such experiments. What's even worse is the possible effects that these may have on humans as a whole.
Experts Publish Shocking List of GE Health Risks
GE health risks are slowly popping out as more and more genetically engineered crops and food are slowly being introduced to the homes of many individual. Meddling around with the genetic makeup of plants or crops, for example, may lead to a development of new toxic compounds or even an increase in the amount of those which are already in existence.
Another possibility is the possible introduction of certain plant viruses into the mammalian system. Although this has yet to be proven, a large possibility lies in the fact that there already has been an incidence of a temporary expression of the active region of these viruses in mammals. This incidence shows a possibility of this virus being absorbed by mammals as well.
The possibility of antibiotic resistance starting from bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract is made possible due to the addition of antibiotic genes during initial procedures done whenever genetic manipulation is made.
Several studies have already shown the effects of GMO on animal experiments. Effects on major organs such as the kidneys and the pancreas as well as in blood cells have already been seen. As to how these GMO will affect humans is yet to be seen.
Although genetic engineering is a technology that is continuing to evolve, sometimes, it is better to leave nature to do its work. Interfering with how Mother Nature works may not always be the best solution to every problem.