The article, "Explainer: What is a gene," by The Conversation, explains how genes are complicated and their definition keeps changing. The article also explains that genes are DNA that produces and encode RNA and proteins. The RNA and proteins do specific functions that are encoded in them. The article goes on to show how genes determine features of an organism. ____________________________________ This article should be read first because it helps readers understand more about genes and what genetic engineering is. It displays a vocabulary of words that can be found in many sources explaining GMOs such as genes. The article also has many examples and analogies to make the complex science involved easy to understand. It is a great place to start learning about GMOs.
In the article, "Passenger pigeons have died out, but scientists may try to make new ones," Scientific American talks about how genetic engineering may allow scientists to bring back extinct species. The article talks about how de-extinction would be a major breakthrough, as well as how the new passenger pigeons would not have parents to teach them. The article also mentions that genetically engineered animals may not survive in our world. ______________________________________ It is a good idea to read this article to understand how the topic of genetic modification is not just limited to food. This technology is being used to save species and customize organisms. This causes a lot of distress for some but a lot of excitement for others. Reading this article second would be a good idea to see how broad the topic is. The article has some lingo that is useful to know when researching GMOs such as genome (the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism).
In the article, "Genetically Engineered Salmon Approved for Consumption," by Andrew Pollock, Andrew shows how many people are scared of GMO foods despite the government assuring they are safe. The article also shows how GMOs make food better but, because of the fear, GMOs may not sell well. ______________________________________ This article is useful because it explained how there is a lot of dispute over GMOs. It covers many of the main subtopics of GMOs like the uncertainty over the safety of GMOs for consumers and for the planet. As discussed in the article, GMOs are new and not much is new about them. The article is easy to understand and talks about a lot of key ideas surrounding GMOs. It is a good article to read after reading some other articles that explain the details of genetic engineering, I recommend it be read third.