Genetic Engineering-Potential Impacts On Population, Community, And Ecosystem
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In recent years there have been controversies surrounding benefits and risks arising from modern agricultural biotechnology. On the one hand, genetic engineering (GE) technology presents unprecedented opportunities to improve food security and human health; on the other hand, its potential risks to human health and the environment have cast a shadow on the full utilization of this modern technology. The challenge facing most countries, particularly those from the developing world, is how to strike a careful balance between promoting biotechnologies but at the same time protecting against potential risks associated with biotech development. Often genetic engineering will not only use the information of one gene and put it behind the promoter of another gene, but will also take bits and pieces from other genes and other species. Although this is aimed to benefit the expression and function of the "new" gene it also causes more interference and enhances the risks of unpredictable effects (Steinbrecher, 1998).
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