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GMO 8th Grade Science Glogster

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. It is a plant, animal or any other organism whose genetic makeup has been organized in a lab using genetic engineering. It first started out with selective breeding, which choosing which animals get to mate in order to get that characteristic they want. This isn't exactly what we consider GMO's today, but it is an early example. Then, in 1974, two scientists by the names of Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen engineered the first genetically engineered organism. A year later, two other scientists used their same method (which included transferring a gene from one organism to another) and had the first GMO mouse. They selected a DNA virus and put it into an early staged mouse embryo. Government officials and other scientists began to wonder how GMO's would change human health and many year later, realized that it wasn't so bad as long as they followed guidelines and were safe with it.


By: Rufino J. Perez

History/Passed of GMO's

Over the next few years, scientists made other GMO's, like the first GMO crop which was the tomato, then the first GMO insecticide producing crop, which was corn. With the success, there will obviously be a lot of controversy with it. Some people around the early 90's were against it because of religious beliefs, while others were concerned about the health of the animals and the crops, but most importantly the people that were consuming this. People debate whether GMO's benefit you, or will affect you later in life. To make sure it was safe, scientists fed patients that were suffering from allergies a GMO plant, but they had no allergic reaction over these.

Controversy/What People Think About GMO's

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In my opinion, GMO's are very useful, especially in the next few years. The reason is because as the population keeps growing and growing, more and more GMO crops will grow and there will be more food. Although there might be a few downsides to them, like not knowing if they will eventually have a risk on humans as they get older, I think that their interesting and could help people out in the future.

PROS:1. GMO crops have a lower price and tend to be very nutritional, so people can consume them without spending too much money.2. GMO crops have been proving safe through testing and use, and don't seem to harm anyone.3. GMO crops don't need to use a lot of water, which would significantly help the use of water.Cons:1. Messing with the genetic makeup of the crops may result in loss of food supply.2. Although they are safe, people don't know how it will affect you in the future since no scientists has had a clinical trial on someone.3. People are unsure if GMO's will have a later affect on people, since they use more pesticides for GMO's.

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