Solt wrote:GM foods have not been proven to be safe for human consumption over several million years of testing like regular foods have. There could be unpredictable side effects of the inserted genes that could do anything from helping the body to cause cancer or even slow poisoning.
a) Genetically modified foods go through more rigorous testing than any other types of food. We're talking decades of experimentation and thousands upon thousands of tests. It is extremely thoroughly examined and tested in labs, on animals, on people, before it is released for wide consumption.
b) Every time you eat anything, anything, you're eating its DNA. Characteristics of DNA (and thus the genes carried on it) are non-transferable. It is dissolved in the digestion process in the stomach, not absorbed into the body. If it was, by that logic all ingested DNA would be. Think of how many tomatoes you've ever eaten in your life. Have you developed any characteristics of the tomato plant through ingesting its DNA? No. DNA, or RNA for that matter that has been inserted has the exact same chemicals making it up as DNA or RNA that was already there - sugar, phosphate, adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thyamine or urasil. It's processed in the same manner. If you still think nutritional properties or whatever of the foods will be carcinogenic or poisonous, see a).
Sorry to get off the topic of nanotechnology, and if anyone wants to talk about GM any further we'll split the thread, but you know, I'm studying genetics and the kind of ignorance that is out there (not a personal attack, Solt, but a built-up frustration) really gets to me sometimes.