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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)


GMOs are plants and animals that have had their genetic makeup altered in the laboratory to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. For example, tomato plants can be genetically altered so that the tomatoes will store longer. In general, genes are taken (copied) from one organism with a desired trait and transferred into the genetic code of another organism. Genetic modification is currently allowed in conventional farming in the United States.

Example of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs):

Genetically modified corn’s DNA has been altered by inserting genes from other plants, allowing the corn to emit its own pesticides. Many believe that GMOs are harmful when consumed in a long term; however there is still a lack of long term researches to understand its true impacts to human health.
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