Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO
By Corrin Breeding Plant and Soil Science Computers in Agriculture
Definition of a GMO What is Recombinant DNA Technology History Uses How is it Helping Are We Playing GOD? Can it Hurt Us? Possible Risks You Decide!!!
.What is a GMO?
A genetically modified organism is an organism whose genetic material has been changed using recombinant DNA technology.
This is an example of a tobacco plant that has been spliced with firefly genes.
.Recombinant DNA Technology?
It is the ability to take two different DNA molecules (both coming from different sources) and combing them.
.A Brief History
The first experiment involving genetic engineering (process of manipulating genes) was conducted in 1973. The experiment resulted in recombinant bacteria expressing frog genes.
results are quicker and more efficient. Thanks to the advancement in technology.Uses of GMO¶s
Its original purpose was to add genetic material into an organism¶s hereditary information and produce new and useful traits. Today the original purpose still holds true.
How is it Helping Society?
Today GMO¶s are used for:
Researching the functionalities of cancer and other diseases in order to understand them Researching for the pursuit of better pharmaceuticals Researching animals and crops to enhance quality and quantity of food
How is it Helping Society?
Thanks to GMO¶s the number of pharmaceuticals being produced is on the rise!
For example these ³Glofish´ were made for the sole purpose to be sold as pets.
.Are we Playing the Role of GOD?
Controversy surrounds the fact that many other experiments are conducted for the sole purpose of ³meddling´.
Can Genetically Altered Food Hurt Us?
Even though there are no cases of genetically altered food harming individuals who consume it. groups (such as the Organic Consumers Association) emphasize on the long term risks of eating it.
damaged their immune systems and violently stunted their growth. This started the whole debate on how harmful or helpful GMO¶s are.
. Researchers found the potato.What Are These Risks?
One example is the case of a toxic genetically modified potato made in Europe. when it had been experimented on using rats.
Where ever you find controversy there are always different groups and organizations who battle over the pros and cons of the situation« Therefore many opinions come into play and no matter what some people cannot be persuaded. but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
The main purpose is or SHOULD be (based on what side you take) for the betterment of humanity. have caused death or injury.Don¶t Forget!!!
GMO¶s are organisms whose genes have been altered. when consumed. No incidents are recorded where GMO¶s. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion!!!