Genetically Modified Organisms Into The Environment

2305 Words Apr 21st, 2016 10 Pages
The first genetically modified organism, in 1973, consisted of bacterial cells that were injected with ribosomial RNA genes from an African clawed toad (Xenopus). An experiment which was conducted by Stanley Cohen, Herbert Boyer, and Paul Berg (Wells). However, the first organism genetically modified and sold to the general public in 1994 was the, albeit unsuccessful, Flavr Savr delayed-ripening tomato, according to the GMO timeline. While the tomato was able to resist rotting it failed to resist becoming squishy so while it was riper longer it lost its firmness and was unappealing to the public for consumption. Other genetically modified foods discontinued from the market that deserve brief mentions are the NewLeaf potato, StarLink corn, Zeneca tomato paste, Triffid flax, and Bt176 corn all pulled from the market after only a few short years as they did not meet standards set by the FDA nor did they appeal to the public.
The introduction of genetically modified organisms into the environment has caused controversy over the public’s health from consumption of the organisms and the potential risks to the wild populations. Genetic manipulation as a means of rapidly producing livestock for the soul purpose of human consumption is an area with which we must use appropriately. As to not increase the loss of organisms through over-fishing of the aquatic habitats or over-hunting of terrestrial ones. The purpose of this paper is to explore the effects of genetically modified…
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