Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically Modified Organisms

Old corn versus new corn.

Genetically Modified Organism’s (GMO’s) can be found in the agricultural industry, in animal culture, human health care, like gene therapy and even more.

Definition

As the Britannica Academic describes it, a GMO is an “organism whose genome has been engineered in the laboratory in order to favour the expression of desired physiological traits or the production of desired biological products. In genetic modification… recombinant genetic technologies are employed to produce organisms whose genomes have been precisely altered at the molecular level, usually by the inclusion of genes from unrelated species of organisms that code for traits that would not be obtained easily through conventional selective breeding” (Genetically modified organism (GMO), 2019).

To simplify this, I have come up with a simple example. In a lab, scientists grab an apple. They notice that this apple is lacking in a proper protective coating that will allow it to last longer. Then these scientists realize that a banana has the proper protective coating that they would like to add to an apple. The scientists then take a sample of this specific DNA from the banana and introduce it to the apple. This is what it means to genetically modify an organism; the makeup of the item has been changed.

Purpose

On this website, I will be providing information on the purpose of GMO’s in agriculture, specifically:

 

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