Genetic Engineering

February 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm (Uncategorized)

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By: Robert Sulmonte and Elizabeth Santiago

Since Genetic Engineering is the use or maniputation of genes in DNA, Scientists have the traditional way of doing things, and it is said in the first article below that they want to get rid of the “copy and paste” method. This method is like taking the genes of 2 different organisms and combining them. They want to create new genes entirely, and they would do this by taking specific genes from a huge variety of organisms and re-creating another or even from making another one from scratch which they would do by “lacing the DNA” into a set of instructions, which is an advancement in the “scientific era”. In fact human cloning is a type of genetic engineering, but they must use the proper tools, in which they would need a host, vector (which is the tool that is a vehicle used to transfer the DNA), desired DNA, and enzyme.  Yet however, there are defects, if the genetic code was mis-coded there can be serious consequences, such as unwanted mutations in DNA and more probability of viruses.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/magazine/14Biology-t.html?pagewanted=all

http://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2010/02/15/is-genetic-engineering-just-like-breeding/

http://www.globalchange.com/geneticengin.htm

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