Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Date: Sunday 20 October, 3pm.
Place: Lake Hawea Hotel

Our October discussion topic is Genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This covers any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.

There is controversy over GMOs, especially with regard to their release outside laboratory environments. Many of these concerns involve GM crops and whether food produced from them is safe and what impact growing them will have on the environment.

Two short videos that provide an introduction on GMOs are:

Scientific American – What are Genetically modified organisms?
Kurzgesagt – Are GMOs Good or Bad?

There is also a Royal Society talk on Genetic Tools for Pest Eradication this Friday evening by Professor Neil Gemmell that I highly recommend and we can use as a starting point for our conversation.

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