This researcher inspects a papaya plant that scientists have attempted to modify to make it resistant to a destructive virus. The benefits and drawbacks of developing, growing, and selling genetically modified crops have been a matter for public debate for decades.

of crops rather than their origin, a consumer would not know that a fruit or vegetable has been genetically modified unless it is so labeled. Some people argue that these practices prevent consumers from having a choice of whether or not to use a genetically modified food. see also Agricultural Biotechnology; Antisense Nucleotides; Plant Genetic Engineer; Prion; Restriction Enzymes; Transgenic Organisms: Ethical Issues; Transgenic Plants.

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