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Nick Brewin

Emeritus Fellow, John Innes Center, Norwich, UK, and Honorary Professor, University of East Anglia

Nick Brewin is an Emeritus Fellow at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK and an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia. He graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD in biochemistry and plant cell biology. From 1976 – 2005 he was a research leader at the John Innes Centre, studying the legume-Rhizobium root nodule symbiosis, evolution and agriculture.

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Posted On: Monday, 8/26/2013 2:25 pm
A: The development and use of GMOs raise no major conflicts between science and religion if we consider the general religious imperative “to do to others what you wish done to yourself”.  Christ’s instruction was that we should love our neighbours as much as ourselves, and this should lead to ethical questions about the nature of new technologies. In the case of GM crops, we can ask – are the products safe for humans and the environment? After over 15 years with many millions of people... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 9:18 am
A: The Leviticus account contains a range of directions about diet, clothing and lifestyle. Many Christians and Jews see these instructions as being directly relevant for the children of Israel at the time of that dispensation. These instructions focus on the need for separation and distinctiveness from the surrounding tribes of the time, rather than being instructions for all times and all situations. It is interesting to note that people who eat bread today are eating genetically hybrid grain... Continue Reading
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