genetically modified organism

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genetically modified organism

n. Abbr. GMO
An organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering.
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They can also be produced using transgenic organisms, particularly animals and plants that have been genetically engineered to produce drugs.
Oxitec first released some of the genetically modified mosquitoes in the Cayman Island in the Caribbean in 2009, much to the surprise of the international community and environmental advocates, many of whom are opposed to genetic engineering in any of its forms due to the unknown and unintended side effects that unleashing transgenic organisms into the world could cause.
This relatively new science allows DNA (genetic material) from one species to be transferred into another species, creating transgenic organisms with combinations of genes from plants, animals, bacteria, and even viral gene pools.
Today's fights over embryonic stem cell research and transgenic organisms reveal that every era must grapple with moral taboo and, ultimately, what it means to be human.
A, Associate Professor Haydar Bagis from TUBITAK Marmara Research Center (MAM) Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology said, "development genetic engineering techniques known as recombinant DNA technology allowed scientists to produce genetically modified organisms or transgenic organisms by collecting DNA molecules from different sources and combining them into one molecule to create a new set of genes.
In addition, modification of the expression of this enzyme in transgenic maize plants or in other transgenic organisms (including bacteria, yeast, and other plant species) can be useful for the generation of novel starch forms or altered starch metabolism.
The first transgenic organisms were bacteria, and transgenic bacteria are widely used today by pharmaceutical companies.
Meanwhile, a slew of "GM-free zones," where all transgenic organisms are banned (including fish, other animals, and plants used to make drugs), are cropping up around the world.
The case study is a product of the international GMO Guidelines Project, which addresses the environmental and agricultural impacts of transgenic organisms but does not evaluate human health effects or ethical implications.
We strive to have solid information about what happens with transgenic organisms in the real-world environment, not just in the lab or under controlled conditions.
14) Another more practical justification is that transgenic organisms can be used to better understand and eventually to intervene in human development, both normal and, more often, disordered.
This (discovery) is really serious, Mexico is the first center of origin and genetic diversity for a crop that has been contaminated by transgenic organisms," said Greenpeace Mexico's Liza Covantes.