One thing seems certain: we are now familiar with yet another acronym. GMO stands for genetically modified organism and designates a living entity (such as a bacterium, plant, or animal) whose genome has been modified by recombinant DNA technology. The ability to alter the genetic makeup of organisms directly by such methods (i.e., transgenic) constitutes the hallmark of modern biotechnology and has ushered in a new era in agricultural research.
Moschini, GianCarlo and Corrigan, Jay
"GMOs in Europe: A Genetically Modified Ordeal?,"
Iowa Ag Review: Vol. 5
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