College undergraduates embrace biotech after teaching high school students the science behind GMOs

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Some college students tested a class on their knowledge of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.

“Two of these chips are organic and one of them is genetically modified,” said Hannah Zimmer, a sophomore, at Wake Forest University. “Can you guys guess which one is genetically modified?”

Gloria Muday, a professor of biology at Wake Forest …. created a program where college students teach high school students about the science behind GMOs.

[Editor’s note: Watch a video of this story here.]

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The college students said teaching the topic has changed their perception. In fact, only 46% of them favored GMOs before and 97% after. “I feel like there’s a lot of false rumors out there and a lot of people don’t know the true scientific reasons behind them,” said Zimmer.

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“Having to understand it first before I go teach it makes you, first of all, learn it 10 times better, and that’s kind of why we’re here,” stated Mark Sucoloski, a Wake Forest sophomore.

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