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Cloned meat: Safe or not?Posted Thursday, January 31, 2008, at 10:13 AM
The Food and Drug Administration says meat and dairy products from cloned animals is safe.
But some grocery firms say they won't stock those products due to consumer concern about fetal and birth defects and short lifespans in many cloned animals.
So are we risking our lives by eating cloned food? Even if a particular cloned animal has genetic defects, can we be damaged simply by its meat passing through our digestive systems?
I tend to think it's safe -- after all, defects aren't catchable like diseases -- but I remain a little skeptical when so many intelligent people have doubts.
Maybe time will tell, after those of us brave enough to eat cloned food have survived and stayed healthy for a few years.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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