Genetic Mutations and Modifications

Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering, also called genetic modification, is the direct manipulation of an organism's genome using biotechnology. Genetic engineering refers to a set of technologies that are being used to change the genetic makeup of cells and move genes across species boundaries to produce novel organisms. The techniques involve highly sophisticated manipulations of genetic material and other biologically important chemicals.

Genetic engineering presents intriguing and difficult challenges for 21st century scientists and ethicists. Until we as a society or, perhaps, as a global entity can agree on what beings, human or otherwise, are worthy of moral and legal status and respect, we can expect intense cross-disciplinary debate and discussion as new intelligent life is created through science and medicine.


Fluorescent GloFish, the first genetically modified animal to be sold as a pet. Source: glofish.com

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Creating Life - The Ultimate Engineering Challenge. (Synthetic Biology documentary)
Watch this short 50 minute video on genetic engineering to get a better insight into genetic engineering and the different views on the issue.


By Isabelle Frisken

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