What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?

Genetic engineering helps build transgenic microbes and plants for better biodegradation and biodetoxification of environmental contaminants for green economy.
What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?  (representational image - Unsplash)
What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? (representational image - Unsplash)

Using traditional breeding methods, humans have been modifying the genes of plants and animals for a long time. Sweet corn and hairless cats are examples of organisms created through artificial selection.

What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?  (representational image - Unsplash)
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Artificial selection, in which organisms with certain features are bred, has been limited to naturally occurring variants. Recent breakthroughs in genetic engineering have enabled accurate regulation over inserted genetic alterations.

Artificial selection, in which organisms with certain features are bred, has been limited to naturally occurring variants. Recent breakthroughs in genetic engineering have enabled accurate regulation over inserted genetic alterations.   (representational image - Pixabay)
Artificial selection, in which organisms with certain features are bred, has been limited to naturally occurring variants. Recent breakthroughs in genetic engineering have enabled accurate regulation over inserted genetic alterations. (representational image - Pixabay)

Through genetic engineering, researchers can insert genes from one species into a completely unrelated species, improving agricultural output or boosting medicinal supply. Genetically engineered species include crop plants, farm animals, and soil microbes.

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Contrary to biotechnological claims, transgenic products have negative in vivo activity. Many countries restrict GMO intake to a certain percentage and label GMO-containing food items. Some countries have banned GMO plantation, consumption, and trade. The approval and future usage of GMOs by many countries are uncertain, as are their vast uses.

Genetic engineering helps build transgenic microorganisms and plants for better biodegradation and biodetoxification of environmental contaminants for the green economy..

Genetic engineering helps build transgenic microorganisms and plants for better biodegradation and biodetoxification of environmental contaminants for green economy (representational image - Pixabay)
Genetic engineering helps build transgenic microorganisms and plants for better biodegradation and biodetoxification of environmental contaminants for green economy (representational image - Pixabay)

Humanity benefits from the usage of GMOs when they are used for objectives including improving food and medical care quality and contributing to a cleaner environment.

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They can both boost the economy and alleviate hunger and disease around the world if they are implemented properly. However, the full potential of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cannot be realized without first doing adequate research and paying careful consideration to the risks connected with each new GMO on an individual level.

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