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Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 9:57 pm
Answered By: Rod Herman, Science Advisor, Biotechnology Regulatory Sciences Group, Regulatory Science and Government Affairs Department, Dow AgroSciences on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:21 pm
A: Corn has been grown by humans for approximately 10,000 years and its genetics have been heavily modified through breeding and mutation to improve its utility as a crop over this very long period. The modern technique of transgenesis has been used to further improve the agronomic characteristics of corn over the last two decades. Transgenesis has become synonymous with the term “genetically modified” (GM) over this time period, but it is really a misnomer. So all corn on the planet... Continue Reading
Q: Are GMOs tested beyond 90 days by the agro companies? Meaning, do you report data on test conducted beyond 90 days?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:34 am
Answered By: Bryan Delaney, Ph.D., Research Fellow, DuPont Pioneer on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:13 pm
A: We conduct 90-day rat feeding studies on new biotech traits, which is consistent with the duration of safety studies conducted for many types of products. It’s important to note that that this type of study is one component of the comprehensive testing that we conduct. The biotech process from initial concept to commercialization can take up to 13 years – more than 50 studies on food, feed, and environmental safety are conducted in the regulatory science phase of the process alone. ... Continue Reading
Q: What would you do if you found out there is a possibility that your GMO products are very harmful to our health, and the environment?Why have you not taken basic steps to do basic research on the products people are ingesting on a daily basis? You...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 11:15 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Thursday, 12/12/2013 12:52 pm
A: Our companies spend many years studying the food and environmental safety of our products. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. So too are accusations about bribery. I appreciate your question, however, as it gives us an opportunity to refute misinformation about our industry that has thrived for years online and in social media. One of the reasons we launched GMO Answers is to provide the factual answers to questions about our companies and our products.... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 9/26/2013 2:27 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Tuesday, 12/10/2013 4:20 pm
A: From the GMO Answers explore the basics section: The Flavr Savr tomato was the first GM food crop to be available commercially in the United States in 1994. It was created to be less perishable. Weak harvests and costly shipping methods combined to create an unprofitable tomato. As a result, the Flavr Savr tomato was commercialized for only three years. Additional information regarding the history of GMOs is available on our site here and in this answer: http://gmoanswers.com/... Continue Reading
Q: Some of the answers I've read on your website make it seem like the science of genetic modification is completely precise: 1) that a foreign gene is inserted exactly where it needs to go without any disruption of the genes on either side of it...
Posted On: Saturday, 11/16/2013 10:20 am
Answered By: Dr. L. Curtis Hannah, Professor, University of Florida on Monday, 12/09/2013 5:51 pm
A: I love your questions because it allows me to address some of the confusion out there concerning GMOs. The ability to precisely insert a gene at a particular site in the genome is an area of active research. The day likely will come when all new gene inserts are done at precise locations. However to the best of my knowledge all commercially used gene inserts in today’s market arose from methodologies that did not use precise insertion techniques. However, following insertion... Continue Reading