I have been a Faculty member of the Biology Department of Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC Canada for 18 years. My training is in Biochemistry and Molecular biology. I am an independent scientist with zero financial connection to the biotechnology industry. I have been involved in GMO research with an emphasis on public education for 13 years. I have given many talks and written many articles for the general public that explain different aspects of GE technology. Most can be read on my website at http://web.viu.ca/wager
Robert Wager M.Sc.
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Q: I just saw your TED talk on GMOs and have a question:If you developed a hybrid plant by the "normal" vertical exchange of genes - say a hybrid tomato - would some of the negative effects of GMOs such as rogue proteins and horizontal gene...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 8:08 pm
Answered By: Robert Wager M.Sc., Faculty Member, Biology Department, Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC Canada, Friday, 12/20/2013 3:10 pm
A: There are a great many myths about GMOs on the web. Two of the latest myths are the alleged threats of “rogue proteins and of horizontal gene transfer.” The "term rogue protein" invokes all manners of unease, but there is virtually zero evidence of such damaging proteins in the commercial GM crops. There are several reasons for this. First, when any eukaryotic cell has a misshaped, or “rogue,” protein, there is a system called ubiquination that tags the dysfunctional protein... Continue Reading
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