Thursday, January 10, 2008

New GMO Crops Kill Pests

Researchers have created plants that kill insects by disrupting their gene expression. The crops, which initiate a gene-silencing response called RNA interference, are a step beyond existing genetically modified crops that produce toxic proteins.

Because the new crops target particular genes in particular insects, some researchers suggest that they will be safer and less likely to have unintended effects than other genetically modified plants.

Others warn that it is too early to make such predictions and that the plants should be carefully tested to ensure that they do not pose environmental problems.

What about their effect on humans?

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