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Old 01-31-2013, 02:24 PM
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Default Mewtwo Invasion: Debate Contest( Gene Tampering Pro vs Cons )


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Mewtwo Invasion: Gene Tampering Debate
(Entry period begins February 1st and ends February 15th at 11:59PM GMT-5/Central Time Zone)



In honor of our genetically altered dark hero we decided to give you guys a chance to voice your opinions. In the world of Pokemon Mewtwo was created in a lab using Mews DNA, the ultimate goal, to create the most powerful pokemon ever..or something close to that. Although we dont have super pokemon running around in our world, we do live in a time where gene tampering takes place. Im using the Gene Tampering as a broad term here, what I mean is everything from cloning plants and animals, to altering the foods we eat in an unnatural ways. Some people have called this kind of science playing god. Great advances have been made because of our understanding how genes work, but at what cost. Thats really up to you decide.


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Old 02-01-2013, 08:32 PM
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Default Re: Mewtwo Invasion: Debate Contest (Gene Tampering Pro vs Con)

Playing 'god' made me chuckle a little bit honestly. A lot of tampering with food is to better it. For example, a company called Calgene, Inc. genetically engineered a tomato to slow the softening process. Pectin is in many fruits and vegetables, giving them their solidity and hardness. The pectin in tomatoes is affected by polygalacturonase (PG). PG destroys the pectin, causing the cell walls of the tomato to break down and begin to rot. This means shipping tomatoes for long distances is hard to do without getting soft and squishy tomatoes, which no one wants to buy. Buy genetically altering the tomatoes, they can reduce the amount of PG, therefore slowing the cell wall deterioration, making them firmer for longer. [1]

Many melons and squashes are being 'tampered' with to resist viruses. Bioengineers from one company discovered Arctic Flounder produce an anti-freeze like substance to keep it from freezing to death in the cold waters of the arctic. This company plans to find a gene that does the same for a strawberry, making it more resistant to freezing weather and home freezers.

Transhumanism studies are working to engineer humans to live longer, healthier lives. This also includes greatly enhancing psychological, intellectual, and physical barriers of humans. Aims are to decrease poverty, reduce malnutrition, and lower rate of disability. Curing cancer, resistence to sickness, increased intelligence, and immunodeficiency enginerring all provide overwhelming evidence of benefit. [2]

If it's for the better of our children, grandchildren, cousins, the human race, I don't see how anyone could be against something so mind blowing.
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