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Crop genome plasticity and its relevance to food safety of genetically engineered breeding stacks

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Genetically engineered (GE) stacks (also known as stacked or combined events) are produced by combining two or more single transgenic events in a plant through conventional breeding. Although generating varieties with combined traits is fundamental in conventional breeding, GE stacks are sometimes viewed differently from conventionally bred non-GE crops with respect to risk and safety assessment. Two fundamental questions regarding safety assessment of GE stacks are: (1) Does the presence of more than one event increase genomic instability, and could such instability be hazardous, and (2) can interactions between the products of the transgenes impact safety?

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