Weeds vanquish GM crops

from the apocalypse-not dept.

An AP report "Study eases fears of modified plants" says "A 10-year look at genetically modified crops found that they survive no better than their conventional cousins, easing fears that superplants could stray from farm fields and crowd out natural species." The original report was published in Nature [subscription required] "Transgenic crops in natural habitats." The Economist [subscription required] reported on "Genetically modified weaklings."

IMHO, there are parallels to the issue of the likely fragility and vulnerability of future nanomachines in natural environments. Alarmism about "superweeds" has some analogies to the fixation on "gray goo" dangers, rather than taking a broader view of safety issues in desiging nanomachines. – Bryan

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