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Dundee Skeptics in the Pub #23: How Genetic Modification Saved the Papaya

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The Braes (basement)

14-18 Perth Road

Dundee

DD1 4LN

United Kingdom

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Twenty years ago, the Hawaiian papaya farming industry was being destroyed by the ringspot virus. Then a new technology arrived: the new Genetically Engineered papaya was resistant to the virus, and saved the papaya.
Since then, the GE Papaya has faced strong opposition, including legal challenges and vandalism.

But are the arguments against GMOs valid? Or are many of them based on bad science? In this talk, Frank Machin takes a look at the scientific evidence surrounding the use of genetically modified crops.

Frank is a developmental biologist studying for a PhD in plant molecular biology at the University of Edinburgh. He studies the ways that different types of cells develop as the plant grows. In the long run, Frank wants to feed the world by finding ways to make better crop plants.

Frank got his start doing public science talks after winning the Scottish Famelab final, talking about how cells organise themselves to form patterns. In his spare time, Frank is into gardening, DIY biology, and board games. You can follow him on twitter.

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Join us in the basement bar at Braes - doors open 18.30, 19.00 start.

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DD1 4LN

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