Frankenfoods and Their Effects Essay

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Frankenfoods - STUDY QUESTIONS 1. Find a definition of “genetically modified organism.” How are genetically modified organisms different from non-genetically modified organisms? When a gene from one organism is purposely moved to improve or change another organism in a laboratory, the result is a genetically modified organism (GMO). It is also sometimes called "transgenic" for transfer of genes. Genetically modified organism have a better adaptation or quality than the non-genetically modified organism. For example: GM cow produces more high quality milk than a normal cow. 2. The recent acts of activists intent on destruction of research plots included plants altered by molecular as well as classical genetic techniques.…show more content…
It has been estimated that 25% of Americans have mild adverse reactions to foods (such as itching and rashes), while at least 4% or 12 million Americans have provably more serious food allergies as objectively shown by blood iImmunoglobulin E or IgE levels. In other words, there is a significant number of highly food-sensitive individuals in our general population. The percentage of young children who are seriously food-allergenic is yet higher, namely 6-8% of all children under the age of three. In addition, theincidence rates for these children has been decidedly rising. The same applies to the typical GMO that has novel bacterial and viral DNA artificially inserted. Many research studies have definitively confirmed this kind of overall risk for genetically modified foods: HEALTH - Cancer and Degenerative Diseases * Direct Cancer and Degenerative Disease Links: GH is a protein hormone which, when injected into cows stimulates the pituitary gland in a way that the produces more milk, thus making milk production more profitable for the large dairy corporations. In 1993, FDA approved Monsanto's genetically-modified rBGH, a genetically-altered growth hormone that could be then injected into dairy cows to enhance this feature, and even though
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