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Henderson owns the skill of translating complex genetic concepts into intriguing reads BUT....
on 1 February 2014
Henderson owns the skill of translating complex genetic concepts into intriguing reads for people who don’t necessarily share a scientific background. He also touches on some of the most fascinating topics of the discipline, making this book a stimulating read. I found his work remarkable until the point I reached the GMO chapter, a subject I know well enough to take an informed stance.
I was very disappointed to see his approach about this controversial subject being biased towards the wrong end. I found him absurd to support that crossbreeding between plants for agricultural purposes can be as unnatural as genetically modified species. Plus, that the only reason these foods have yet to enter the European market is because they were out around the same time that mad cow disease was on, thing that created bad connotation between these two (not the lack of evidence to support the safety of these new forms of life!). I tried to digest his viewpoint with an open mind but couldn’t help growing sceptical about the validity of his work, let alone the scientific origin.
After some research, it seems that the author’s scientific knowledge lies solely within his 11-year experience in as Science Correspondent and Editor at The Times (his academic studies were in History). During his time as a journalist, he proved to be a “GMO enthusiast” often basing his “scientific research” on publications produced by multi-billion corporations as the likes of Monsanto. Corporations that have received an overwhelming amount of bad press over the years for distorting facts, obscuring the truth and falsely favoring genetic engineering research that suits their billion dollar business model. For this reason I am skeptical about the validity, let alone the intension of Henderson’s work.