The Biological Bases Of Genetically Modified Crops

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Introduction When crops and plants are harvest, they serve a bigger purpose than just a mere crop. The purpose each organism serves is to provide a sustainable resource ourselves and those around us. To be able to keep up with the demand of crops needed for those around us, sometimes the need to have a mass production is necessary. The question is, is it really necessary? In this body of work, the following will be discussed: The biological bases of genetically modified crop plants, the social and ethical implications surrounding these crops and lastly, the personal viewpoint of the topic at hand. Keywords: crops, plants, genetics, DNA, modification Biological Basis In order to talk about genetic modification, we first have to understand the process behind it. This section will explain it a bit better. Genetic modification has been done for thousands of years. This was and continues to be a practice that allows a better selection process to take place. With the technological advances that surrounds us, the process to transfer genes to other organisms have become easier. An example of this is present in the tomato plant. In order for the plant to reject the evasion of the plant beetle, it would need to obtain a gene called Bacillus Thuringiensis this gene is inserted into the genome of the tomato plant. The gene called, cry1Ac, encodes a protein which allows the plant to become poisonous to certain types of insects including the beetle. This

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