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 has been genetically modified by human activities, but not all corn has transgenes inserted by the modern technique of transgenesis.
QIs it true that all corn on the planet is already genetically modified?
Question submitted By: Amanaa RendallIs it true that all corn on the planet is already genetically modified?
Who can create a gmo for me? I'm wanting certain matching genes to be added to a strain of watermelon and a strain of coconut. Who can do this for me?
Posted on September 5, 2017
Response from: Kent Bradford, Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis • on October 9, 2017
While there might be some institutions with the capability to make these transgenic watermelon and coconut plants for you, that does not mean that you would be able to actually plant them out. First, the institution would need to have a Biological Use Authorization to work with recombinant DNA to make the vectors to transfer the genes. Then they would need to be able to do the tissue culture required to transfer the genes and regenerate whole plants again, which can sometimes be difficult.... Read More
Posted on June 28, 2017
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on September 6, 2017
The short answer is no, neither MSG or animal extraction are from GMOs, nor is MSG, animal extraction, or animal products/animal DNA in GMOs. When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering (also called GE). It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant... Read More
Posted on June 28, 2017
Response from: Richard E. Goodman, Ph.D., FAAAAI, Research Professor, Food Allergy Research and Resource Program, Dept. of Food Science & Technology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA • on September 6, 2017
No. MSG, monosodium glutamate, is a chemical additive, certainly not a GMO.