Qi am doing a speech on gmos is there any thing that mite help me understand more about it

i am doing a speech on gmos is there any thing that mite help me understand more about it

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As an FFA advisor, I always advise my students to become experts on the process before delving into speech writing. This prepares them for the many questions they might face from judges, a debate panel or whomever they addressing in their audience. GMOs and biotechnology in general can seem overwhelming but with a little digging, it is easy to understand! First of all, biotechnology is really the speeding up of the process of selection. Agriculturalists have used selective breeding for many years in choosing the best sires and dams to pass traits on to their offspring. Biotechnology speeds up the process through mapping and gene splicing. Scientists identify the location of a desirable gene on a chromosome, remove the particular DNA segment and insert it into a new DNA sequence. Then they can analyze if the moved gene provides a positive benefit in its new location. This really speeds up the previously randomized process of selective breeding. Now we can choose specific traits for specific benefits.
 
I encourage you to check out texts like Agriscience Fundamentals and Applications (which I used when double checking my facts on this answer) as well as other scholarly texts and websites. Happy speech writing!

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