UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-9

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    Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURT) has been in public discourse for sometime. Which of the following statements regarding GURT are not true?
    1. GURT is used only in connection with plants.
    2. GURT is applied only for making the second generation sterile.
    3. GURT seed are available in the market at a cheaper price than normal seeds.
    4. GURT can help in protecting biodiversity.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

    A)  1 and 3           

    B)  1 and 2            

    C)  2 and 4           

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: B

    Solution :

    [b] GURT is a term, used in connection with plants and used to modify the behaviour of plants, through genetic manipulation. It is also known as terminator technology. GURT can be of two types V-GURT (Variety-specific GURT) and T-GURT (Trait-specific GURT). V-GURT is used to make future generation of seeds sterile, while T-GURT is used to suppress certain traits of the plant, unless applied a special treatment such as a special spray. GURT is still at a research stage and has not been produced commercially. GURT can help in protecting biodiversity by preventing the spread of transgenic crops into the wild and destroying other indigenous crops.

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