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    There are two articles on the myths of agricultural biotechnology (one from the popular press and one from the peer reviewed journal (the links are below):

    article no. 1. http://www.vegsource.com/articles/gmo_feed_myth.htm


    article no. 2. http://www.emater.tche.br/docs/agroeco/artigos/biotecologia.pdf

    Help with answering a few questions on those articles is given:

    a. What was the attention to details?

    b. What triggered the research?

    c. Who conducted the research?

    d. What methods were used?

    e. What conclusions were reached?

    f. What does this tell you about Peer Reviewed Journal article and a Popular Press article?

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    These are certainly two interesting articles, with similar focus but some glaring differences in approach. I hope you managed to read through all of both of them and gain some understanding of the heady issue of biotechnology in agriculture. This is a topic that has recently been of utmost importance to many biologists, both those involved in biotech and those in conservation and environmental science.

    In answer to your specific questions, I will try to give you some input about each one separately.

    a) It struck me right away that Altieri's paper was far more detailed and logically structured than the news article. It also provided references for all of the information so that the reader can go to the original research and verify that it is valid, peer-reviewed, ...

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