Scientists Build GMOs That Can't Live Outside The Lab
In a pair of new studies, researchers were able to make genetically engineered bacteria that resists viruses and needs synthetic food to survive.By Steven Sparkman | January 21, 2015
Protests against genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are becoming a familiar sight, usually taking aim at Monsanto or other agricultural companies.
One of the most frequently-cited concerns is that the things scientists build in the lab won't stay in the lab.
Two new studies published Wednesday in the journal Nature claim to show a way to put those fears to rest: by making GMOs that literally can't survive outside the lab, and are too different from their wild counterparts to breed and pass on their genes.