WMU News

Lecture deals with issues surrounding genetically engineered foods

March 20, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A Western Michigan University faculty member will go beyond the news headlines and present an objective, research-based assessment of genetically engineered foods when he lectures Tuesday, March 25, as part of a series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

Dr. Hector Quemada, adjunct instructor in WMU's Department of Biological Sciences, will present "'Waiter, There is a Gene in my Soup!' Genetic Engineering of Food Crops," at 7 p.m., in the Putney Lecture Hall, Room 1010, of the Fetzer Center. The lecture is free and open to the pubic.

"So much of what is heard and read about the genetic engineering of crops is misinformation, and as a result, the general public has not really been informed of the issues," says Quemada.

His presentation will explore the technology being used during engineering, the safety precautions taken by researchers, and the political and ethical issues surrounding genetically modified foods.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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