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Food for Thought About GMOs

What is a genetically modified organism (GMO)? How do you make something that is a GMO? Are they safe? These are just a few of the things Dr. Biology discusses with biologist Kevin Folta. The two also talk about how and where you can find information about science that you can trust to be the most accurate.

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Topic Time
Introduction. 00:00
What is a GMO? 01:00
What GMO means. 01:52
Animals can be GMOs. 01:57
Is there conflicting info on GMOs? 02:26
What information should someone look for when researching GMOs? 02:54
Replicating experiments is important. 04:40
Challenges of reading primary research. 05:37
Other, more accessible information sources. 06:30
How can you know if a source is valid? 07:44
Can you only trust people on one side of the argument? 08:41
How are GMOs made? 09:28
Are people mandatory to make GMOs? 10:45
GMO vs. transgenic. 11:00
Transgenics is much more precise than other genetic modification. 11:37
How much of our food is transgenic? 12:21
What foods are genetically modified in general? 12:51
Monarchs and GMO corn. 13:38
What is the advantage of genetic modification? 15:16
How many countries have banned or regulated GMOs? 16:09
Citrus tree disease in Florida. 17:15
Are there more risks with GMOs for children vs. adults? 18:00
Why do you think GMOs are safe? 18:42
What's the next "big thing" in GMO technology? 19:41
With only 2 sentences, what would you tell people about GMOs? 20:39
What would the world be like without GMOs? 21:12
Three questions. 23:02
When did you first know you wanted to be a biologist? 23:12
Horticulture. 23:43
What would you do if you couldn't be a scientist or teacher? 25:02
What advice do you have for people interested in studying biology? 25:54
Sign-off 26:45

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Food for Thought About GMOs

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Image links to GMO story

Ready to learn more about genetically modified organisims? Try our story on GMOs, or our PLOSable story To Grow or Not to Grow GMOs.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.