Nobel chemistry winners regret fear of new developments

December 7, 2018
Nobel chemistry winners regret fear of new developments
The 2018 Nobel Chemistry laureate, Frances H. Arnold poses during the traditional Nobel Chair Signing ceremony at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday Dec. 6, 2018. (Claudio Brescian/TT via AP)

Winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry say that excessive concerns about genetically modified foods and other substances can inhibit mankind from benefiting from developments in the field.

Frances Arnold from the United States and Gregory Winter of Britain made the comments Friday ahead of Monday's presentation of the prize.

"We've been modifying the at the level of DNA for thousands of years," Arnold said at a news conference, citing examples such as new dog breeds. "Somehow there is this new fear of what we already have been doing and that fear has limited our ability to provide real solutions."

They were named winners along with American George Smith for advances that the award characterized as speeding up evolution of enzymes and proteins.

Nobel chemistry winners regret fear of new developments
The 2018 Nobel Chemistry laureate, Gregory P. Winter poses during the traditional Nobel Chair Signing ceremony at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday Dec. 6, 2018. (Claudio Brescian/TT via AP)
Nobel chemistry winners regret fear of new developments
The 2018 Nobel Chemistry laureate, George P. Smith poses during the traditional Nobel Chair Signing ceremony at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday Dec. 6, 2018. (Claudio Brescian/TT via AP)

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mqr
not rated yet Dec 07, 2018
People have multiple diseases like cancers, children born with deformities, etc, due to man made chemicals that were introduced to the public as "safe" by the chemical authorities. From drugs, to pesticides, to flame retardants, to coating materials, cosmetics, all toxic, presented to non experts as "progress". People are not stupid, they may not know science fully, but they learn that scientists and engineers lie without a second thought to push their business agendas at any cost, scientists are just people after all, that want to be treated as gods. Chemistry is by far the area of science that has done more damage to the population, even though they live in the fantasy that humanity is in debt with them.

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