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Americans OK with GMs for health care, but still wary about food

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than three-quarters of Americans would accept release of genetically modified mosquitoes to decrease risk of the Zika virus, but fewer than half accept genetic modification (GM) of animals, grain crops and produce, according to a Purdue University study.

Nicole Olynk Widmar, associate professor of agricultural economics, and Wally Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics, led the study to understand attitudes toward genetic engineering in the wake of last year’s heightened coverage of the Zika virus. The results suggest people are far more accepting of genetic modifications that benefit human health. . .

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