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The Effects of a Self-Protecting Cotton

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

BT cotton can protect itself from pests. Read on to find out more about what causes it and how it benefits us.

Author: Hanah Gomberg

Editors: Vincent Chang and Peggy Yang

Artists: Tiffany Chen

Bt cotton contains genetic material from other organisms and a GMO, altering its genome. The gene in BT cotton stems from bacillus thuringiensis, a species of bacteria found in soil that contains the cry1Ac gene that harms insects, which are the Cry and Cyt toxins. These insecticidal proteins kill cotton pests, such as larvae of tobacco bu