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The Science of GMO Foods
May 30, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am$10 - $30
GMOs have been getting lots of attention in mass and social media and so it’s important to clarify science from the hype and the truth from the marketing. We’re not talking about ‘General Motors Operations’ but ‘Genetically Modified Organisms’ which means “an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains changes found elsewhere in nature.” Okay, but what does that mean?? And what does it mean in relation to food? We believe you can’t have a legit opinion on something if you don’t really understand it, so we have a real plant geneticist expert to explain it and answer your questions. You’ll learn about genetic engineering and natural breeding – their similarities and differences; what “natural” can mean; and what’s science compared to policy. No green thumb required, just your curiosity!
Stephen Moose is a Professor of Plant Functional Genomics in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics from North Carolina State University. His Ph.D. studies focused on genes controlling developmental timing in maize. Dr. Moose then investigated transcriptional regulation of maize seed proteins as a postdoctoral researcher with Bob Schmidt at the University of California-San Diego. Steve next worked at DeKalb Genetics Corporation as a Project Leader to enhance the nutritional quality of corn grain. Dr. Moose joined the University of Illinois in 1999, where his research program focuses on understanding regulatory variation controlling economically important traits in corn and related bioenergy grasses.
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