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Unformatted text preview: Goddell's approach worked. 4. How did the engineers build the first genetically engineered plants? Petunia leaves were hole punched and put into a petri dish. Monsanto then covered them with agrobacteria carrying a certain gene. 5. What was the first genetically engineered food crop? A tomato. 6. Why are the researchers and engineers so excited about modifying crops? Because these new crops can have increased resistance to pests and disease, and some can have extra vitamins. Some cotton plants might soon have multi-colored, crease-resistant cotton. 7.What is the major moral/ethical argument with genetic engineering? The argument is that scientists are playing god before they fully understand the environmental implications. Some other critics fear that a few companies will take control of the agricultural market and limit genetic diversity....
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