Do Lawyers Dream of Shocking Sensitivity?
by Guest Blogger,
Tyler Kokjohn, Ph.D.
Scientists are developing sensitive devices to reveal DNA or proteins from genetically engineered organisms in complex environmental samples (1). This technology may give investigators an unprecedented ability to track engineered genes and their protein products through ecosystems. Genetically modified (GM) Bt-corn plants express toxin genes originating from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis that kill certain insect pests. Although widely adopted, assessing the environmental effects of Bt-corn agriculture has been challenging. An ability to trail toxin genes and proteins flowing through the environment might help ecologists detect any consequential impacts linked with Bt-corn farming. Because the new genetically engineered product detection devices will be adaptable to many situations, they might become a standard part of both risk assessment and compliance assurance processes.
The management of GM farming operations can be complicated undertakings demanding proactive actions to minimize the…
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