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answered Have any genetically altered organisms actually become abundant in a natural environment?
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comment Have any genetically altered organisms actually become abundant in a natural environment?
Increased yield and higher resistance to pathogens and physiological problems don't seem like they must necessarily increase fitness in the wild. The mechanism of action behind those effects seems vitally important--for example, increased yield could be due to increased nutrient uptake from the soil, or just due to diverting nutrients from growth elsewhere. The sickle cell trait comes to mind as an analogous situation in humans; "grants malaria resistance" sounds like it wouldn't be harmful, right? The Nature paper is what I was looking for. Are there any less controversial examples?
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