Models of Genetically Engineered Organisms and Their Ecological Impact

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Abstract

A new category of reproducing organisms will be introduced into the environment. Advances in molecular biology have created a diverse, multibillion dollar, worldwide research effort and an industry that is actively combining genes from widely unrelated taxa. Recombinant DNA techniques are creating a wide range of unicellular and multicellular organisms in the laboratory. It is intended that many of these will multiply in the open environment. Moreover, some that are not intended to be released may well escape once they are “upscaled” from the research test tube to the large systems of industrial production.