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Posted by: jonjon
A: When you see studies linking these things together, it’s confusing, isn’t it? You actually raised a bunch of questions. Let me tease them apart.   First, GMO is a method for finding and isolating the genes in DNA that direct the plant to make very specific traits. One trait that GMO has helped to find is the trait in some plants that prevents insect damage. By using the GMO process scientists can clip out and transfer insect-fighting traits from one plant to a different... Continue Reading
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Posted by: Spudboy52
A: To get right to your questions about CRISPR, mutations and GMOs – the answer is, it depends. CRISPR-Cas is a gene editing tool that has received a great deal of attention lately. This intense interest is in large part due to the fact that the tool has applicability in many research fields, including agriculture, medicine and the environment. CRISPR-Cas and other site-specific editing tools (like TALENs and zinc-finger nucleases) are the biological equivalent of a very precise search-and-... Continue Reading
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Posted by: FGholam
A: Although this question covers some important topics, the basis of the question is unfounded. Let me start with GMO crops not reproducing. They absolutely reproduce. I grow corn and soybeans for a living. About half the corn is GMO and all of the soybeans are GMO. I buy seed to plant in my fields. That seed grows into fields of plants, which then produce their own seed that I sell as grain. If these crops were unable to reproduce I would have no grain to sell. One might ask if the seed produce... Continue Reading
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Posted by: deborah
A: If you are worried about the safety from the GMO plants themselves, they are perfectly safe and are essentially the same as non-GMOs, based on years and years of evaluation and testing. If you live downwind of the field, pollen from some plants is produced in large amounts (corn) and can travel short distances, but this pollen is also essentially no different from non-GMO pollen. If you live across the street from a field of either organic, GMO or non-GMO plants grown by a farmer or producer, I... Continue Reading
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Posted by: gracec
A: There are two broad trait categories: input traits and output traits. The former are those that have a direct benefit to farmers, and more indirect to the consumer, while the latter are a direct benefit to the consumer and indirect to the farmer. A trait can be controlled by single gene, or influenced by multiple genes. With respect to “GMO” (I prefer the acronym GE, for genetically enhanced, for the term “modified” is a misnomer) traits, examples of input traits... Continue Reading