Genetically Modified Organisms: The Debate!
Genetic engineering, in a narrow sense, refers to the splicing of DNA fragments (genes) from one organism followed by the insertion of these fragments into the DNA of another organism. The resulting DNA is referred to as recombinant DNA (r-DNA); the resulting organism is referred to as a genetically modified organism (GMO). The technology to produce GMO’s was developed in the early 1970’s, followed by commercialization of recombinant DNA technology beginning in 1976. Since then, anti-GMO myths have evolved, often fueled by media hype to the point of hysteria. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight both benefits and risks of producing GMO’s and deconstruct GMO myths.