Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)


A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism, including plants, bacteria, animals, etc. that has had its genes intentionally manipulated by humans. While carrying a negative connotation in common parlance, GMOs can be extremely helpful. For example, most cotton produced today has been genetically modified to produce more cotton, and the insulin used for Type 1 Diabetes is produced by a genetically modified bacterium.

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