Week 5 – GMOs

Describe one specific example of a genetically modified organism (GMO). This may be a plant, an animal, or a microorganism (bacteria, parasite, or virus) and may currently be on the market, was on the market in the past, or is under development. It could even be an organism restricted to laboratory study or sold as a pet.

– Use the web and/or library resources to find as much information as possible about your chosen GMO. Try to address the following: type of introduced gene(s) and corresponding protein(s), properties, where is it being used, and if it is a food, which products contain(ed) this GMO, and what percent of the market does it hold.

Discuss the following questions related to your specific example and/or GMOs in general:

– What are some of the potential benefits of genetically modified organisms?

– What are some of the potential risks of genetically modified organisms?

Include any websites you utilized in your search.

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