Word of the Week: Genetically Modified

Genetically Modified Pronunciation

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have been debated for quite some time. What does genetically modified mean?

Adjective. A process where genes from the DNA of one species (bacteria, viruses, insects, animals) are extracted and forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal to obtain a desired trait or characteristic.

Used in a sentence:

Some crops have been genetically modified to resist pests, diseases, environmental conditions like drought, or to improve the nutrient profile of the crop.

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