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Ayesha Afzal Mirza Health, Wellness and Nutrition with Lab FALB09 - Sec T Instructor: Debbie Polisky January 15, 2010 Lab 2 1
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Due to extensive technological advancement in biotechnical science, controversy over implementation, production and research of genetically modified organisms also known as GMO’s has increased. Issues surrounding their safety and health hazards have incurred due to distortion of there genetic markup which has led many to question their use. The term GMO refers to any living organism that has been genetically changed using “molecular genetics techniques” by gene cloning and / or protein engineering (Phillips 2009). Organisms usually altered include plants, animals, and bacteria. Under gene cloning, non-native genes are introduced in to an organism which generally accelerates, enhances or modifies a specified trait. For example, the introduction of bacterial genes to cash crops such as corn is commonly used in order to enhance their growth, dietary value and resistance to pests. A
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