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Genetic engineering

Environmental aspects. (5)
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View Resource Major Cloning Advance

In a step that could pave the way to using animals as organ banks, scientists at the PPL Therapeutics in Edinburgh, Scotland, the same laboratory that helped produce Dolly the cloned sheep in 1996, have developed a method to selectively modify genes in sheep clones. Although transgenic modification of sheep is fairly well developed, before now, there has been no control over where the gene would...
View Resource Nature: Debates

_Nature_, the prestigious international journal of science, has launched this 'Debates' site "to map out and define the landscape of international scientific controversy." More specifically, this site provides a forum for thinking about, and "discussing" (ex situ), several current scientific topics. The set-up of the site includes a list of monthly topics, moderated by selected experts (a short...
View Resource Labels Don't Apply to GM Foods

Last week, the Genetically Modified (GM) foods debate took another turn when the Clinton Administration announced that mandatory labeling of GM foods would not be necessary since there is no proof that the foods pose health risks. "The F.D.A.'s scientific review continues to show that all bioengineered foods sold in the United States today are as safe as their non-bioengineered counterparts," said...
View Resource Agricultural Biotechnology in crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations provides this Website about the role and impact of biotechnology in food and agriculture in developing countries. Features of the site include FAO's Statement on Biotechnology (including a discussion of genetically modified organisms), an overview of FAO's activities (such as providing advice and assistance to member countries,...
View Resource The Why Files: Genetically Modified Corn Study

This recent Why Files from the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discusses a study published last fall in the journal Nature, which has since been denounced because of insufficient evidence. The site discusses some of the substance of the original article and some criticisms of it. It then moves into a more general discussion of the scientific method, conflicting data, and...
View Resource Bt Corn and Monarch Butterflies

The US Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service provides this research question and answer page to outline its recent findings about Bt corn, which is genetically modified to include a natural soil bacteria that functions as an insecticide. The findings indicate that "there is no significant risk to monarch butterflies from environmental exposure to Bt corn." Several other...
View Resource Biotechnology Risk Assessment Data: Facts and Conclusions

This Web site from the University of Florida and the US Department of Agriculture is "designed to help provide answers to these questions and necessary background information to understand the process of gene engineering and the available data relating to the safety of GMOs and the risk assessment questions asked." In the Just for Teachers section, users will find detailed fact sheets on a range...