13-4: Genetic Engineering. GMOs. Genetically Modified Organisms. Take a gene from a sea anemone that makes them glow in the dark and insert it into the DNA of a puppy and BAM ! …. Glow-in-the-Dark Puppies!!. Not for sale in the U.S.
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13-4: Genetic Engineering
Genetically Modified Organisms
Take a gene from a sea anemone that makes them glow in the dark and insert it into the DNA of a puppy and BAM!…
Not for sale in the U.S.
With the increasing ability of humans to manipulate genes, we are now able to use geneticengineering technology for man’s benefit.
This field of industry is called biotechnology, and it is changing the way humans interact with the natural world.
Because all organisms are made up of the universal genetic code (DNA), it is possible to construct organisms that are transgenic, meaning they contain the genes of other organisms.
Transgenic microorganisms have revolutionized medicine, because we can transform bacteriacultures to produce human proteins.
“dead zone” in coastal waters?
A clone is an individual or cell that is genetically identical to it’s parental cell(s). This process was once considered impossible, but in 1997 Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut successfully cloned a sheep named Dolly.
The ability to clone animals holds great promise for medicine in the areas of stem-cells research and disease control/cure. However it is also highly controversial with regard to the possibility of human cloning.