Altered Genes, Twisted Truths

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In Altered Genes Twisted Truths, Steven Drukker details the collaboration between corporate interests and their media apologists to obscure the truth about both the health and efficacy of GMO’s. The comprehensive book chronicles the decades-long manipulation of public opinion on the subject, revealing how both government agencies and mainstream media have consistently been selective about what they choose to report so as not to cause concern about the safety of GMO products.

Meticulously documented and populated with copious references, the book offers up some strikingly illustrative and thoughtful metaphors to convey the dangers of unchecked genetic modification. In one passage, Drukker uses principles of programming to demonstrate the risks scientists face as they compose and manipulate the “code” of physical reality. He points to the programmer’s distinction between “spaghetti code”, or code so intertwined as to obscure unforeseen reactions with other code or the hardware itself, and “ravioli code”, i.e. a form of code that writes and relates data in a more discrete and self-integrative manner.

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 “But even the most complex human-made system seems simple compared to nature’s software.” writes Drukker “and the complexity of this naturally formed system is so great that even some of its basic contours can’t be clearly determined. We do not know what all the components are, nor do we fully understand how they are arrayed. Although DNA is commonly regarded as the locus of a cell’s information system, the evidence indicates that the system is not fully localized within that molecule-and that some of its most important parts reside elsewhere.”