The following is taken from ‘Paper Doctors’ by Dr. Vernon Coleman which was published in 1977. In this short extract, Dr. Coleman explains why he considers genetic research to be incredibly dangerous.

By Dr. Vernon Coleman

There are as many dangers as there are possibilities in genetic research. Researchers studying genes have for some time been using bacteria for their basic studies because the genetic systems of bacteria are relatively simple. There is also the added advantage that bacteria reproduce in minutes rather than in weeks or months so that long-term studies can more easily be carried out. The bacterium most commonly used is one called Escherichia Coli, a bug found in the human gut. The researchers change the genetic information carried by each bacterium by cross-breeding, by chemical treatments and even by genetic surgery, using enzymes as tools with which to chop up chromosomes.

According to a World Health Organisation statement on the subject: “The innovative techniques of DNA recombination consist in isolating and then splicing together DNA molecules from unrelated organisms to produce a new hybrid organism which may contain the genetic properties of either or both of the original organisms. Researchers are also already experimenting with the fusion of cells and the growth in culture of cells containing nuclei from completely different sources.”

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