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Scientific advances as a result of the discovery of DNA


Chefs against DNA!
Francis Crick Scientist
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Of course, there are some people who feel that you shouldn’t… shouldn't use genetic engineering but… and you should only use natural things. There’s a… a movement of chefs against DNA but that’s ridiculous because if you go and, I'm sure, went through their menus you’d find that most of the food they supplied was not natural but had been…but had been selected by man by ordinary breeding techniques. If you buy… collect wild mushrooms they’re natural, but if you eat beef or corn or almost anything, it’s not like the wild animals, they’ve been particularly selected and bred for, they just use rather old-fashioned methods to do it instead of these… more efficient modern methods, but there’s no difference in principle. You’re… you’re trying to get an improved genetics into the things which you want to, in this case, to eat.

The late Francis Crick, one of Britain's most famous scientists, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is best known for his discovery, jointly with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, of the double helix structure of DNA, though he also made important contributions in understanding the genetic code and was exploring the basis of consciousness in the years leading up to his death in 2004.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: genetic engineering, chef, DNA, genetics

Duration: 46 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 08 January 2010