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Paper presents science behind cloned animals

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By Ann Bagel Storck on 8/24/2009


In an effort to provide consumers with scientific information about transgenic and cloned animals, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology is releasing a new issue paper, "Animal Productivity and Genetic Diversity: Cloned and Transgenic Animals."

The paper aims to review the complexities surrounding the issue and presents the science behind it. Specific topics include the cloning of farm animals for breeding and direct food consumption; disease resistance in transgenic animals; and the use of transgenics for improved food safety and quality, decreased environmental impact and increased production efficiency.

"Even the word 'cloning' can elicit emotional responses from people," said CAST Executive Vice President John Bonner. "By providing unbiased, scientific information on potentially divisive issues, CAST seeks to bring together various viewpoints for honest discussion."

CAST is an international consortium of 33 scientific and professional societies. It assembles, interprets and communicates credible science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector and the public.

The full text of the paper is available free of charge on the CAST Web site.


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