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December 2003
Changing the Code
Genetically Modified Vines and Yeasts Pit Science Against Emotion
by Paul Franson
Genetic engineering could solve some of the biggest problems facing growers and winemakers, but it may never be allowed to help. Passionate opponents to the technique are using emotional appeals to tie the hands of wine researchers and producers. Manipulating the genetic structure of grape vines might allow them to resist mildew and other fungi, fight Pierce's disease and better withstand cold, while improved yeasts could help produce more flavorful wine with lower alcohol levels. But opponents ...
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