We know very little about the body," said Dr. Jaan Suurkula, who founded the Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology.
The independent group of about 500 scientists from 40 to 50 countries is based in Sweden.
While the scientist can choose the gene to be inserted from one organism to another, there is no way to direct the insertion of the gene, the group's Web site claims.
Where the gene becomes attached to the DNA of the host organism is a matter of pure chance.Depending on where it becomes attached, the gene could change the properties of a protein so that in the worst case, it becomes toxic or allergenic.If the protein is an enzyme, the result could be the creation of a new and, in the worst case, toxic or allergenic substance.
said the views stated on the Web site are written by members.However, the statements are not signed, because so many scientists are dependent on industry and grants for their work, he
said.They fear retribution if their names become known.
"Scientists have spoken out and gotten into difficulties," Suurkula
The implications of genetically engineered food are much more profound than anyone ever thought, Kucinich said."We're changing the basic stuff of life.For the first time there's a sense in which man is using science not just to complement nature, but to supplant nature and to redesign the work of creation.This has moral and ethical implications which precede health and safety implications."