Biotech Nightmare – GMO Jumping Genes

They’re called transposons, mules, mobile DNA, or jumping genes, and they naturally mutate. They are in almost all species of life on planet earth.
Transposable elements (TEs), also known as “jumping genes,” are DNA sequences that move from one location on the genome to another. These elements were first identified more than 50 years ago by geneticist Barbara McClintock of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. Biologists were initially skeptical of McClintock’s discovery. Over the next several decades, however, it became apparent that not only do TEs “jump,” but they are also found in almost all organisms (both prokaryotes and eukaryotes) and typically in large numbers. For example, TEs make up approximately 50% of the human genome and up to 90% of the maize genome (SanMiguel, 1996).

Jumping genes ”can move from one site in a chromosome to another site in the same or a different chromosome and thus alter the genetic constitution of the organism,” and they are found naturally in almost all organisms. This is an inherent property that comprises 50% of the human genome, and they are subject to mutation. And now, we are eating genes in our food that were actually designed to jump species, thanks to biotechnology.