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What is the other term for genetically modified organism?

What's another name for genetically modified organisms?

Submitted by: dgh3660


Expert response from Community Manager

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Monday, 04/04/2016 19:00

Genetically modified organism (GMO) is commonly used to describe any of these terms and vice versa: genetic modification (GM), GM seeds, biotechnology, biotech seeds, genetic engineering (GE) and transgenic crops. 


What are GMO crops? GMO crops are the product of a specific type of plant breeding where precise changes are made to a plant’s DNA to give it characteristics that cannot be achieved through traditional plant breeding methods. This might surprise you, but only nine crops from GM seeds are commercially available in the United States. These crops are corn (field and sweet), soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, potatoes and squash. Apple is approved and coming to market soon.


Check out this infographic to learn more about plant breeding techniques and how GMO seeds are made.


If you’re interested in learning more about how GMOcrops are created, watch the video below. 


If you have any additional questions, please ask!