The Controversy Of Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmo )

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) – The controversy
Ileana Banisor
Chamberlain College of Nursing

GMOs – The controversy In January 2015, the internet exploded with the news that doctors confirm the first human death officially caused by GMO’s. Juan Pedro Ramos from Madrid, Spain died from anaphylaxis after eating some recently developed tomatoes containing fish genes, which triggered a violent and lethal allergic reaction (Johnson, 2015). The case was confirmed with an autopsy and DNA testing of the tomato, which not only included fish related allergens but also antibiotic resistant genes, which did not allow Mr. Ramos white blood cells to help save his life. This is an amazing news article and it shocked the general population to the point that the debate started and more individuals started discussing the topic of GMOs. However, most people do not know what GMOs are or how they work or if it is bad for the human health. There are just stipulations and misinformation found on the internet.
Subsequently, in order to have a meaningful and educational conversation about GMOs an individual must be equipped with proper information of exactly what GMOs are and understand the debate on both sides of the argument. It would be inconsistent and somewhat hypocritical for someone to attack the scientists on one side and to defend the scientists on the other. We should be consistent and to go with the scientific evidence on the two separate issues.
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