Where's the line between survival and disrupting nature?
- Genetic Engineering, also known as synthetic biology, is the direct manipulation of genes in a lab
- Most common use of genetic engineering is to enchance food, making it immune to disease, or sometimes just making it have a longer shelf life
- Can be done by usually making gene from scratch then putting it in another organism
Scientists can take a gene from DNA and place it in another organism
Affect on Tomato
When tomatoes were injected with a certain hormone, it extended its shelf life
Affect on Rats
When rats were fed genetically modified corn, differences in blood composition and kidney size were noted
- GM salmon have no differences with natural salmon
- Grow in winter and summer
- FDA says the salmon are fine
- Pest Resistance
- Disease Resistance
- FDA approved
- Deemed important marker in medicine history
- Produce food faster
Craig Venter is credited as the first scientist to create a synthetic cell.
Glowing Rats and Extreme Genetic Engineering
The choice between survival and disrupting nature is a difficult challenge. Even if everyone can't get what they need, we still have to let nature do its thing. If we think we can just cook up anything we want in a lab, we might not care about our planet at all.