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Genetically Modified Organism
Question: What is a genetically modified organism?
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose DNA has been modified in the laboratory to favour the expression of desired physiological traits or the production of desired biological products.
Why are genetically modified organisms important?
GMOs are an important source of medicine, and they provide certain advantages to producers and consumers. For example, genetic modification can, at least initially, help protect crops by making them disease- or pest-resistant for greater food production.
Are genetically modified organisms safe for the environment?
While modified crops that are herbicide resistant can reduce mechanical tillage and soil erosion, they may encourage increased use of agricultural chemicals. Plus, engineered genes from GMOs can potentially enter into wild populations, and some fear that GMOs may cause inadvertent losses in biodiversity.
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