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Ugandan experts: GMOs—like vaccines—can save lives

| January 23, 2018
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The debate on Genetically Modified Organisms was recently re-ignited after [Uganda’s] President Yoweri Museveni refused to give his assent to the National Biosafety Act of 2017.

The various debates also showed that most Ugandans have a generally negative attitude towards GMOs and they also mostly refer to them in the context of agriculture.

Many are unaware of the role GMOs play in other aspects of their lives such as the treatment of diseases and the manufacture of medicines.

Dr. Ambrose Agona is the Director General of the National Agricultural Research Organisation. He says that GMOs are already a part of many Ugandans’ lives.

Dr. Agona says every Ugandan who has been immunised and vaccinated against any disease has been exposed to Genetically Modified Organisms.

According to Dr. Agona, the modern biomedical science of making vaccines relies on the same molecular biology tools that are used to create genetically modified organisms.

It is against this background that Agricultural scientists in Uganda found it necessary to apply the same methods to crop and animal husbandry in order to increase disease resistance, enhance crop yields and improve nutritional content.

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