Genetically Modified Organisms And Its Effects On The Human Body

1076 Words Nov 12th, 2014 5 Pages
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, refer to crop plants or animals that have been altered through artificial selection. This is done through planting the specific desirable traits of one organism into the DNA of another organism with; otherwise, undesirable traits. The gene inserted into the new organism grants that very organism the ability to possess the same traits as the “parent” organism. Characteristics usually sought after restrain to better nutritional value, gained through the addition of vitamins and minerals, and herbicide resistance. On the other hand, what is sought after and what actually occurs is far from the same. Genetic modification brings forth unexpected consequences and should not be produced. The downside includes the development of new allergens, horizontal gene transfer, and certain effects on the animals living in the environment around. The consumption of genetically modified organisms is widespread among Americans. Even though this is the case, consumption of GMOs still poses a threat to the human body. Despite only affecting a small percentage of GMO consumers (about 5% of children and 2% of adults), the fact that GMOs can potentially induce allergenic problems should not be ignored. Allergic reactions occur due to the introduction of new proteins for the purpose of increasing the nutritional value. As the proteins were not there originally, its introduction does not fare well with the consumer’s immune system. The proteins react with an…

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