What is Genetic Engineering?
Genetic Engineering is a way to make a new species by artificially changing the genetics of an organism. It can be used in humans, animals, food, and plants.
How is this related to humans and society?
Genetic engineering is very important to our society but it also has its pros and cons. GE (genetic engineering) we would have a in food shortage if scientists didn't create these Genetically engineered plants. Scientists have allowed plants to survive in bad soil conditions and poor production.
How does this effect me?
Genetically engineering effects the food me and my peers eat. It makes watermelons seedless. Scientists are also genetically engineering pigs to make them more muscular so they produce less fat in the meat we eat which makes lean more healthy meat. Genetic engineering could also protect me from fetal diseases.
How is it related to other areas of science?
Genetic Engineering is related to the study of health because in the future it can prevent diseases and even prevent an extra chromosome. They are also developing a virus in bananas that will prevent Hepatitis B by putting antibodies that would stop the disease just like a vaccine. GE can also help with global warming because cows produce large amounts of methane, methane is a major contributor to the 'Green House Effect' and scientists have create a cow that produces 25% less methane
Genetic Engineering was discovered in 1973 by Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen. In 1973 they created the first genetically modified DNA organism with the help of Annie Chang.
I believe that Genetic Engineering is in its beginning stages and will either take a turn for the worst or very good. It could end most fetal diseases, change eye color, skin tone, height, athleticism, acne, the list goes on. This has the potential to change the world but its up to us what direction we take it. Scientists are also beginning to learn what causes aging. If they figure that out, it will go hand in hand with genetic engineering.
Genetic Engineering in humans what is called Germ-line Engineering. Many People are concerned that genetic engineering will have no limit, and that eventually parents could be customizing there own child. This is not what we want and why it is very illegal. This is especially wrong in the eyes of those who are religious, because they don't want man doing Gods job.