Selective Breeding, Zinc Fingers and Mutagenesis as Alternatives to GMOs, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Genetically modified (“GM”) plants are the subject of great controversy, particularly within the EU where they are highly restricted.  Genetic modification includes the introduction of foreign DNA into a plant in order to alter its characteristics. Plants may also be altered through more conventional means.  Alternatives to GM seeds include a selective breeding technique that introduces no foreign DNA such as that used in GM seeds.  The technology uses old-school practices in which plants with desirable characteristics such as longer shelf life or resistance to insects are crossbred to create new, hardier specimens.  The new twist to the old technique…

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