Biotech Pets

By Nina Gonzalez & Tayvian Baker

Biotechnology

The Merriam-Webster definition of Biotechnology is " the use of living cells, bacteria, etc., to make useful products, (Such as crops that insects are less likely to destroy or new kinds of medicine)". Biotechnology can also be named as GMO or "Genetically Modified Organisms". Food. Most people know about genetically modified foods, and many are against it. They say its bad for our health and our boys because of all the chemicals. Another part of biotechnology is the animals that have been tested on with it. Today, we want to show you some of the animals, and even Pets you can buy at your local pet store that have been genetically altered

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Creepily Misleading

Genpets is a perfect example of a genetically modified pet. An animal like creature, looked to be sleeping, wrapped in a plastic container, like to be given off by hanging on shelves. It claimed to "living, breathing genetic animals" that would "immediately bond or imprint to your child" After some deeper research, we later learned this was a hoax. The so-called, "Genpets" was actually art made by Canadian commercial artist, Adam Brandejs, in 2005. he states, "I'm not against bioengineering, I'm simply hesitant towards where and how and by whom the technology will be used. That's what this art sums up..."

Glofish are genetically engineered zebrafish, created by using a special gene from ajellyfish.

In 1999, Scientist Dr. Zhiyuan Gong and his colleagues at the National University of Singapore were working with a gene that is extracted from a jellyfish. These jellyfish carry a gene for a green fluorescent protein, that creates the bright green fluorescence. They extracted this gene and inserted it into a zebrafish embryo. The goal was to develop a fish that could detect pollution by selectively fluorescing in the presence of environmental toxins. They later became very popular in the United States, and were sold in pet stores across the country. There are now hundreds of different fishes with this fluorescent gene and many varied colors, like yellow pink, and green!

Scientists create glow in the dark rabbits

Pros of Genetically Modified Animals

  • can reproduce faster
  • grow quicker, need less food, and leave less behind
  • more resistant to harmful diseases
  • can produce more omega-3 fatty acids, for leaner meat and more milk
  • can produce substances that can be used for new medicines

Cons of Genetically Modified Animals

  • most injected eggs do not end up survivng
  • the natural ecosystem can be disterbed
  • can die during experiments and grow abnormally
  • process can be dangerous and very harmful
  • it is said as "unethical" and "inhuman" by animal activists

Glittering Gold Seahorse

Remember the neon glofish, well there's another sea animal that's color is amazing! That animal is the glittering golden seahorse, Vietnamese scientists have created an 108 striped seahorse that can glitter like gold. This animal was created by “gene - shooting method” which is when you take one gene from an organism, then proceed to “shoot” it into another organism. In this case the scientist used a light-emitting gene extracted from jellyfish, was combined with tiny grains of gold. This gene mixture was then injected into the sea horse’s eggs. In fact the gold seahorse was Vietnam’s first genetically modified creature!