Biological Safety Lock To Prevent GMOs From Spreading Outside Controlled Environments

January 22, 2015 11:21 AM

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Biological Safety Lock To Prevent GMOs From Spreading Outside Controlled Environments

Scientists have developed a new technique, which could one day pave the way for the creation of a biological safety lock that would prevent genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from spreading into the wild and causing environmental damage.

The new technique includes inserting a built-in self-destructive mechanism into bacteria. The scientists have genetically recoded a strain of E. coli bacteria to depend on a synthetic amino acid that is not found in nature. The bacteria have to consume the nutrient in a specially created lab environ...

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