Sir Richard Roberts
Society has been arguing about genetic engineering for decades. While some see great opportunities, others fear serious consequences of human intervention in nature. Fears and reports about the unhealthy or even dangerous consequences of genetically modified food are widespread.
This presentation, 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 and reassess the opportunities and risks of genetically modified foods?
Sir Richard J. Roberts, born in 1943, is a biochemist and molecular biologist. After obtaining his doctorate at the University of Sheffield, he completed research stays 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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