Former Director, International Biotechnology Program, University of California, Davis
Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Director of International Biotechnology at UC Davis, has worked in biotechnology for over 25 years and has been with the UC system since 1989. Some of her many accomplishments include directing Life and Health Sciences Research Initiatives for UC Davis and directing the UC Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program for eleven years. Martina has broad experience in developing novel biotechnology research, training and education programs and experience in managing large multi-disciplinary grant programs.
Martina Newell-McGloughlin is no longer Director of International Biotechnology at UC Davis. Answers from Martina Newell-McGloughlin were provided in her former capacity as Director of International Biotechnology at UC Davis.
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Q: Opponents of biotech enhanced crops have raised the theory that the act of alterning food crops through biotech techniques somehow introduces a novel safety risk not present with other non-regulated methods of altering the genetic endowment of food crops,
A: As mentioned previously, all breeding techniques introduce modifications at the DNA level, other than the desired change. However, I hasten to add that, despite the extensive genetic manipulation of crop plants by the many and diverse methods described previously, cases of novel or completely unexpected adverse consequences for commercialized varieties of these crops are extremely rare. Variations due to breeding and the application of modern biotechnology have been studied frequently by scientific experts sponsored by organizations such as the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organiz [...]Health & Safety How GMOs Are Made