What is the purpose of genetic modification?

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What is the purpose of genetic modification?

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Genetic modification is used is to alter the characteristics of, or introduce new characteristics to plants, animals or microorganisms (e.g. introduce disease resistance, alter metabolic pathways), which may in some circumstances also alter the properties of derived food products (e.g. change food composition). Changes to an organism’s characteristics can also be done using traditional cross-breeding but may take considerably longer to achieve. In addition to being quicker, techniques of genetic modification also enable desirable characteristics to be transferred between distantly related organisms, i.e. organisms that wouldn’t normally inter-breed, thereby enabling a greater diversity of characteristics to be introduced.

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