Genetic engineering could be a boon to sustainable farming or an ecological
nightmare, a path to human perfection or a march towards eugenic dystopia.
Plants may be transformed into miniature factories producing plastics, medicines
or perfumes. Animals with human genes may provide hearts and other organs for
critically ill people. For better or for worse, genetic engineering will affect
the major environmental problems of our times- overpopulation, pollution,
erosion and the rapid loss of biodiversity.
About Author :
Dr Asha Sharma did PhD in Zoology from Rajasthan University, Jaipur, in 1992.
She has been teaching graduate and post-graduate classes of zoology since 1990
and is presently Lecturer