[eDebate] Gentic Engineering topic, response to Glass.

David Glass gacggc
Tue Apr 10 14:38:53 CDT 2007

Hi Scott,

I wouldn't disrespect your hard work by making comments without first
reading your paper.

My comments were directed at the true "genetic engineering" aspect; in
the affs you listed here, they would most obviously apply to
transgenic salmon, the Amazon case is not "genetic engineering", so it
is difficult to comment until one sees what resolution one would come
up with...    but ... yes I read your paper, and yes I wasn't
commenting on its entirety, but on the issues that truly relate to
genetic engineering.


On 4/10/07, scottelliott at grandecom.net <scottelliott at grandecom.net> wrote:
> I will defer to you on the technical aspects of gentic engineering. I am sure
> you are highly qualified in your field and I am not stupid enough to take
> someone on in their area of expertise.
> That being said, it is appatrent you have not rad the topic paper. There are a
> multitude of policy proposals being debated in both genetic engineering and
> nanotechnology. And, what affirmative would write an Aff that they know is
> going to get pIC'd apart based on DNA sequencing. There are plenty of cases
> that I document in the topic paper that are not based on some hyperspecific
> examples as you give.
> Examples: Don't allow U.S. Pharmacutcal companies use genetic material from the
> Amazon unless they pay the indigienous people for it, ban fifth generation
> nuclear weapons development; ban transgenic salmon; force companies producing
> nano scale materials to require workers to use masks (lung cancer risks; and a
> host of other cases that do not require students to have a M.D. or a an
> advanced degree in bioengineering.
> Pics are going to happen on any topic chosen. I don't see any qualitative
> difference between a PIC on this topic area from a PIC on the proliferation or
> Mid-East topic.
> I also echo Andy's sentiment that perhaps it is time that people do a little
> research beyond Hiedegger and Khalizad cards. You seem to be advocating that
> college students are either too stupid to grasp the material or that this area
> of inquiry should remain within the realm of the preists of science, hidden in
> a little secret room like the Wizard of Oz.
> The policymaking aspects of these technology issues are not beyond the grasp of
> the average college student, and in fact, is quite fascinating.
> Scott
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