VIDEO: Pesticides and GM crops in spotlight
CONTROVERSIAL pesticides and genetically modified crops will come under the spotlight at Plymouth University next week.
Would you eat genetically modified food, or damage the environment to save human lives?
The questions will be posed in public debates as part of the university's Festival of Research.
Young researchers are organising two debates on important scientific issues.
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In the first, on Monday evening, the pesticide DDT will come under the spotlight.
PhD students from the university's Doctoral Training Centre in BioSciences will pose the question: Is it OK to damage the environment to save human lives?
The Nobel Prize was awarded to Paul Müeller in 1948 for his discovery of DDT. The controversial insecticide has been used to combat malaria worldwide, but is also accused of causing environmental catastrophe.
In the second debate, next Tuesday the focus will be on genetically modified crops.
The discovery of the structure of DNA won a Nobel Prize in 1962 but paved the way for genetic modification.
After the horse-meat scandal we are all more aware of what might be in our food. Do you want to know more about GM foods? Can they feed the world? Would you be happy to eat them?
The debates are a spin-off from the students' innovative "Journal Club" based around Nobel Prize-winning science.
The events will be held at 6.30pm in the Plymouth lecture theatre of the Portland Square Building on North Hill. Refreshments will be provided.
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The Festival of Research continues until the end of next week.