The New Genetics:
DNA and Its Impact on Your Pantry


Four Sessions: Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22; 1:30-3 PM

Location: Upper Iowa University, 5000 Westown Pkwy., Third Floor, WDM

Cost: $36

Class Limit: 30


Genetic engineering (GE) and genetically modified (GM) crops have been part of our lives for decades. While almost all scientists think these techniques are overwhelmingly positive, some of the general public is skeptical. This class will present these new genetic techniques largely from the perspective of how they impact crops and agricultural practices. The presentation will include how scientists have copied the genetic engineering techniques that nature uses and applied them to plants, microbes and animals. The discussion will conclude with agricultural applications of GE techniques and some of the controversies.


Instructor David Oliver is a newly retired faculty member from Iowa State University. He taught biology for years and managed an active research program in plant biology. His research, which focused on discerning the basic chemistry of plants and altering them to produce varieties with increased resistance to environmental change and higher productivity, has resulted in hundreds of scientific publications.



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