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    WheatLover
    02.21.2014
    It is possible. It is also possible for GMOs to be attacked by "non-modified pathogens" (I wish you had been more specific about what you meant by new and modified pathogens, do you mean pathogens that have mutated and evolved in response to GMOs?) depending on how the organism has been genetically modified. GMO does not automatically translate to "pathogen immunity."

    Some GMOs are bred for disease resistance, such as the Rainbow Papaya which was made resistant to Papaya Ringspot Virus, a virus that almost wiped out the papaya crop in the late 80s-early 90s. Currently Rainbow Papaya is still resistant to Ringspot Virus, but it can still contract other diseases, just nothing as severe or damaging as Ringspot.