The Detection of Genetically Modified Organisms: An Overview

  • Jaroslava Ovesná
  • Kateřina Demnerová
  • Vladimíra Pouchová

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are those whose genetic material has been altered by the insertion of a new gene or by the deletion of an existing one(s). Modern biotechnology, in particular, the rise of genetic engineering, has supported the development of GMOs suitable for research purposes and practical applications (Gepts, 2002; Novoselova,Meuwissen, & Huirne, 2007; Sakakibara & Saito, 2006). For over 20 years GM bacteria and other GM organisms have been used in laboratories for the study of gene functions (Maliga & Small, 2007; Ratledge & Kristiansen, 2006). Agricultural plants were the first GMOs to be released into the environment and placed on the market. Farmers around the world use GMsoybeans, GMcorn and GM cotton that are herbicide tolerant, or insect resistant, or combine several traits that reduce the costs associated with crop production (Corinne, Fernandez-Cornejo, & Goodhue, 2004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaroslava Ovesná
    • 1
  • Kateřina Demnerová
  • Vladimíra Pouchová
  1. 1.Crop Research InstituteDrnovská 507Czech Republic

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