genetically modified organism

Search the library or the Internet for an article from a reputable source about a specific genetically modified organism, such as one of the following (you are welcome to choose topics outside of this list):






Canola oil.



Animal feed.


Golden rice.


Sugar beets.




Growth hormones.

Follicle stimulating hormone.


Read the article and write a summary of its contents.


Address all the following in your summary:

What article did you read? Why did you choose this article?

What are the main points presented in the article? What message is the author trying to communicate?

What is gene of interest (being modified) and what is the purpose of this gene? Which organism is the gene inserted into, and what is the intended result of expressing this gene?

How are microorganisms that normally affect the immune system, such as bacteria or viruses, used beneficially as tools in biotechnology?

What are the pros and cons of this technology?

What do other sources of information say about the same concepts presented in the article? Are there discrepancies between the information in the article and that from other sources?

Where in your life (or in the life of a friend or family member) might the application of this form of biotechnology apply?

Your article should be from a reputable source

Formatting Requirements

Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.

APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.

Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.

Length: 3

Suggested Internet Resources

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National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). (2007). Brief review of key terms. Retrieved from Molecular Biology Review Web site:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2014, January). Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Retrieved from

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