GMOs and Zoos (Monica Post, Zoo Education Curator)
Monica Post is an education curator at the Blank Park Zoo. Find out how she thinks GE could impact the animal kingdom.
Transcript: GMOs and Zoos
When it comes to genetically modified organisms, [genetic engineering goes against the zoos belief of] conserving endangered species. The goal for the zoo business is to create as diverse of a genetic population of animals as possible. Because in order to conserve a species you need to have a very great genetic diversity of those animals. When it comes to genetically modified organisms, it seems to me you're almost doing the opposite. You're almost creating a smaller gene pool. With a smaller gene pool you can be causing more diseases. You've got a smaller gene pool. You've got animals that could be susceptible to some disease and if that were the case, if you have a smaller gene pool, you're going to wipe out a lot more animals. Every animal has weaknesses in their genes, if you are creating a smaller gene pool you are creating more animals with that same weakness.