A man in a restaurant says, â€śHey waiter, whatâ€™s this fish doing in my strawberries?â€ť
The waiter replies, â€ťGenes from the arctic flounder are spliced into strawberries because the fish lives in water where other fish freeze to death. But the arctic flounder has unique genes that allow it to produce a sort of anti-freeze so it survives. These genes are put into strawberries to make them resistant to cold. Bon a petit.â€ť
The man thinks for a moment and says, â€śGive me the soup that has the fly in it.â€ť
But seriously folks â€¦
Unlike Rand Paul I have no problem being upfront with the fact that Iâ€™m about to cut and paste like crazy from Wikipedia.
â€śGenetic modification involves the mutation, insertion, or deletion of genes. When genes are inserted, they usually come from a different species, which is a form of horizontal gene transfer. However, other methods exploit natural forms of gene transfer, such as the ability of Agrobacterium to transfer genetic material to plants, or the ability of lentiviruses to transfer genes to animal cells.â€ť
Now letâ€™s look up Agrobacterium.
â€śAgrobacterium â€¦ uses horizontal gene transfer to cause tumors in plants. Agrobacterium is well known for its ability to transfer DNA between itself and plants, and for this reason it has become an important tool for genetic engineering.â€ť
I donâ€™t know about you but Iâ€™m not wild about eating food made using anything that causes tumors.