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Can a genetically modified trait be undone?
You can program a CRISPR scalpel to overwrite a gene drive with a new version,” Kevin Esvelt, a Harvard researcher working on gene drives said at the festival. “To undo a change, you have to drive your update through the population with CRISPR as well.”
Why is genetic modification carried out?
Some benefits of genetic engineering in agriculture are increased crop yields, reduced costs for food or drug production, reduced need for pesticides, enhanced nutrient composition and food quality, resistance to pests and disease, greater food security, and medical benefits to the world’s growing population.
What are the dangers of genetic modification?
Potential Harms to Human Health
- New Allergens in the Food Supply.
- Antibiotic Resistance.
- Production of New Toxins.
- Concentration of Toxic Metals.
- Enhancement of the Environment for Toxic Fungi.
- Unknown Harms.
- Gene Transfer to Wild or Weedy Relatives.
- Change in Herbicide Use Patterns.
What policies would you recommend to put in place to regulate GMO in food production?
Plant GMOs are regulated by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service under the Plant Protection Act. GMOs in food, drugs, and biological products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Service Act.
Can GMO food solve the most urgent problems connected with world hunger?
Genetically modified crops possessing genes from different species, could possibly relieve global food shortages. A few crop varieties, specially created through biotechnology, can improve yields, but biotechnology alone cannot solve the problem of hunger in the developing world.
Do we need genetically engineered crops to feed the world?
One of the most often touted benefits of genetically engineered (GE) crops [more commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs)] is that they are essential to feed the world’s growing population. If consumption trends continue, in order to feed that many people, we would need to grow one-third more food.