Genetically Modified Organisms : An Organism

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In today’s world, genetically modifying organisms is a very common practice in the world of science. Scientists are genetically modifying a variety of different organisms, including a number of different plants, foods, medicines, and animals. To genetically modify an organism, the genetic structure of the organism has to be changed (Goldbas, 2014). The main purpose of genetically modifying an organism is to change something genetically about the function of a particular part of the organism. This idea of genetically modifying an organism can be very controversial. Genetically modifying an organisms is typically done with the goal of improving the function of something in the organism, but it can often times be harmful, or unethical, and this leads to many debates as to whether the practice should be continued or not (Goldbas, 2014). One of these organisms that are highly debated as to whether they should or shouldn’t be genetically modified is the Yorkshire pig. When the Yorkshire pig is genetically modified, it is often called the “Enviropig”. The Enviropig is a genetically modified Yorkshire pig that can digest plant phosphorus in a more efficient way than the unmodified pig can (Forsberg et al., 2008), which is a very important and helpful genetic modification for a number of different reasons. The genetic modification of Yorkshire pigs should continue to take place because it can save farmers money, and because the Enviropigs produce less pollutant filled manure, which
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