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    Printable Articles
    The following articles were developed by the authors for use in various printed formats.

  • Labeling genetically engineered foods html
    This article from the Autumn issue of "From the Ground Up," a newsletter published by the Cooperative Extension Office at Colorado State University, provides information on the current status of labeling in the United States and arguments for and against labeling.

  • Bt corn questions and answers html pdf
    Dr. Frank Peairs in the department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University developed this set of questions and answers about Bt corn.

  • Protection against corn rootworm html
    This article from the Autumn issue of "From the Ground Up," a newsletter published by the Cooperative Extension Office at Colorado State University, previews the Bt corn varieties that are being developed by Monsanto and Pioneer.


    Slide Presentations
    The following PowerPoint presentations were developed by the authors for showing to various audiences in workshops and classes. You may view a presentation on the web.

  • The Basics of Transgenic Technology view
    This presentation, developed by Pat Byrne, covers many of the steps involved in making a transgenic plant, including design of the transgenic construct and the methods of transformation.

  • How Safe Are Transgenic Crops? Regulatory Systems view
    This presentation, developed by Pat Byrne, covers the U.S. regulatory agencies and the aspects of transgenic crops that they regulate, insect resistance management and the refuge strategy, and food labelling.

  • Transgenic Crops: Risks, Concerns, and Benefits view
    This presentation, developed by Sarah Ward, covers many of the issues that have been raised concerning transgenic crops, such as genetic trespass, genetic erosion, effects on non-target organisms, corporate control of the food supply, and potential benefits for developing countries.

  • Transgenic Technology: Ethics and Controversy view
    This presentation, developed by Sarah Ward, examines the use of transgenic technology issues to teach critical thinking skills in the classroom.

  • Laboratory Methods of Transforming Plants and Detecting Transgenes
    This presentation, developed by Judy Harrington, contains simple animations illustrating electroporation, Agrobacterium infection, particle bombardment, detection of protein using immunoassays, and detection of DNA via PCR and gel electrophoresis. Speaker notes accompany each slide. This presentation does not display properly on the internet, so we have not made a preview available. It transfers well as an e-mail attachment.

  • Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods view
    This presentation, developed by Pat Byrne, covers the controversy over whether or not to label foods that contain transgenic ingredients. Arguments for and against labeling are detailed.

  • Co-existence of GM and non-GM Crops: The Colorado Experience view
    This presentation, developed by Pat Byrne, discusses the experience of Boulder County, Colorado, in developing guidelines for growing transgenic and conventional crops in the same region.


    Links to Resources on Other Web Sites
    The following resources are maintained by other web sites. We provide a brief description and a link to the material.

  • Segregating Genetically Modified Crops
    http://www.bae.umn.edu/extens/postharvest/gmoip.html
    This discussion by Bill Wilcke, from the University of Minnesota's Extension Service, explains the purpose of identity preservation for non-GM crops and provides suggestions for how to do it.

  • Agricultural Biotechnology: Informing the Dialogue
    http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/comm/gmo/PDF/GMO2002.pdf
    The New York Agricultural Experiment Station and Cornell University have prepared this primer on the issues involved in genetically engineered crops.

  • Bacillus thuringiensis: Sharing its natural talent with crops
    http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/publications/bt_curriculum/
    This is a four-module series prepared for high school teachers to use with their students and for extension educators to use with adult learners. Each module contains background information, lesson plans, internet resources, and masters for overhead transparencies.

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