Sir Richard Roberts
For decades, society has been arguing about the issue of genetic engineering. While some see great opportunities, others fear serious consequences of human intervention in nature. Fear and reporting on the unhealthy or even dangerous consequences of genetically modified food are widespread.
This talk, however, is a plea for the indispensability of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to Roberts, crops can be modified to meet people's needs much better and can enrich or even save many lives, especially in developing countries - such as so-called Golden Rice, a rice variety genetically enriched with a precursor of vitamin A to counteract deficiency with consequences ranging from blindness to death.
Should we take a more global view of the opportunities and risks of genetically modified foods and reassess them?
Sir Richard J. Roberts, born in 1943, is a biochemist and molecular biologist. After completing his doctorate at the University of Sheffield, he spent research periods at Harvard and Cambridge, among other places. In 1993 Roberts and Phillip A. Sharp received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for their research.
In the context of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg
The importance of modern plant breeding for developing countries
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