Tag Archive | genetic modification

Cosmic Mutants

Cosmic Mutants

In the previous post, I included a brief overview about mutation breeding for the generation of useful genetic variants in crops and ornamental plants, achieved through the use of several types of radiation and a few chemicals as the mutagenic agents. This methodology has been quite successful, though it has faded from public and media […]

Genetic Modification of Our Food Has a Long History

Genetic Modification of Our Food Has a Long History

Approximately 10,000 years ago humans began to shift their lifestyle from hunting and gathering to dependence upon agriculture, profoundly changing the course of civilization. Throughout these millennia, improvement in the quality and productivity of crops has depended in a large way upon genetic modification. At first, these were naturally occurring random mutations influencing plant characteristics […]