Genetically modified (GM) and genetically engineered (GE) will be compared and contrasted in a webinar Friday by a University of Wyoming professor of horticulture and plant breeding.
Robin Groose, an associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, is presenting “All food is genetically modified” at 1:10 p.m. in Room 1032 in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and accessible via the Web at http://goo.gl/oyPfTi.
The National Academy of Sciences notes GM is used interchangeably with GE in the popular vernacular, said Groose. According to the academy, GM refers to a range of methods to alter the genetic composition of a plant or animal, including traditional hybridization and breeding, and GE is one type of GM that involves making an intentional change in a plant or animal gene sequence for a specific result.
“I will discuss how many modern plant cultivars involve significant GM via myriad breeding techniques and multiple biotechnologies,” said Groose.
He’ll compare and contrast GE with several classical and ultra-modern plant breeding techniques as well as with biotechnologies that are not GE.
“Some question the safety of GE,” said Groose. “But I will ask the questions, “Is GE safer than conventional breeding?”
Groose joined UW in 1987.