QWhen were GMOs first introduced to the food supply?
Question submitted By: corncake21When were GMOs first introduced to the food supply?
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Posted on January 3, 2018
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on February 2, 2018
GMO is a general term that is used to describe a genetic variation that has occurred, which not only happens in nature, but humans have been doing this through selective breeding for over thousands of years. When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering. It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one... Read More
Can you mix traits from animals to humans?Therefore could you potentially take the strength of a lion and implant it within the human genetic form?We know you can move a muscle while both are developed and it can create uncertainty due to the...
Posted on September 25, 2017
Response from: Anthony Chan , DVM, PhD, Researcher, Yerkes National Primate Research Center • on January 29, 2018
Technically, you can mix traits among species, which is how transgenic work is done. The first transgenic mouse was introduced with the human growth hormone gene, and by overexpressing the growth hormone, the mouse grew bigger, but not the same as human size. This is more like the function of the gene. Whether it can mix the physical features between species will be different, but something like a chimera study that mixes animals of two strains might carry physical features of both. However,... Read More
Can the genetic modification change my hair texture from wavy to straight? And if so when it will be possible?
Posted on November 28, 2017
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on January 4, 2018
There are currently no breeding techniques used to create genetic variations of hair textures. If a person wishes to change their hair texture in any way, they are currently limited to the available hair care products sold for those purposes. However, new gene editing techniques are continued to be developed for different beneficial purposes and what you are referring to is the possibility of editing genes in humans. Some of the areas to apply gene editing, particularly in humans, are... Read More