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The likelihood of transgenes escaping the transgenes

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Unformatted text preview: be used by the medical community to combat life­threatening illnesses. In this process, plants become "factories" that manufacture therapeutic proteins. These proteins are then extracted, refined and used in pharmaceutical production. What are the potential risks of GM plants? What •The danger of unintentionally The introducing allergens and other antiintroducing nutrition factors in foods. •The likelihood of transgenes escaping The transgenes from cultivated crops into wild relatives. from •The potential for pests to evolve The resistance to the toxins produced by GM crops. GM •The risk of these toxins affecting nontarget organisms. Certain apple varieties are preferred by consumers and farmers for their fruit qualities and orchard characteristics. However, most of these ‘accepted’ apple varieties are susceptible to diseases, and disease control is dependent on pesticides. Conventional plant breeding for single trait disease resistance in a perennial crop such as apple is hindered by self-incompatibi...
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