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23. Genetically Modified Organism

A genetically modified organism, more commonly known as a GMO, is the alteration of an organisms genetics using various genetic engineering techniques and processes.

Corn starch is a  fairly usual, highly processed corn product made from genetically modified corn. Genetically modified corn offers very little nutritional value and carries some dangers associated with genetically modified organisms.

The two most common traits in Genetically Modified crops are:

  1. proteins designed to kill insects who use the crop as a food source
  2. proteins designed to make the crop immune/tolerant to an herbicide

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