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dc.contributor.author Eubanks, Mary W. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-15T01:56:34Z en_US
dc.date.available 2007-06-15T01:56:34Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Eubanks MW. 2003. Ancestral genetic resources provide an alternative to GMO crops. Ethnobotany Res Appl 1:21-30. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/126 en_US
dc.description.abstract Concern about the effects of pesticides on human health and the environment, has been a major rationale for promoting transgenic crops, often referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or as genetically enhanced (GE) crops. Companies that sell genetically engineered crop plants claim that biotechnology offers a safe alternative to agricultural chemicals and is necessary to feed the world’s expanding human population. However, there are still many unknowns about the safety of GMOs for human health and the environment, and virtually nothing is known about how the genomes of organisms may be affected by horizontal transfer of alien genes into plants, animals, and even humans. An alternative approach to transgenic technology is the exploitation of beneficial genes from wild relatives of crop plants using conventional breeding methods. This paper describes how genetic engineering differs from conventional plant breeding, then compares and contrasts benefits from transgenic engineering with traditional methods of crop improvement. An example of how the ancestral genes model has been employed to impart an insect resistance trait to corn based on native resistance from a wild relative is compared to transgenic corn with resistance to the same insect engineered with a transgene from a bacterium. Using the ancestral genes approach, harmful chemicals used to control the worst insect pest of corn can be eliminated with no consequences to human health or the environment; whereas with the transgenic approach, there are many safety concerns in both arenas. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Ethnobotany Research & Applications volume 1, 2003 en_US
dc.title Ancestral Genetic Resources Provide an Alternative to GMO Crops en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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