By Nick Geringer

New Things

We only just completed the human genome in 2003. From that we have begun editing human DNA. Genetic engineering and Recumbinent DNA are what scientists are using to alter DNA.

Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering is artificially altering genes. According to Grace Communications Foundation Taiwanese scientists made a pig glow in the dark by inserting jellyfish genes into it.

We have modified chickens so they can't spread H5N1 and infect other birds. Scientists genetically modified Atlantic salmon to double the size of wild salmon.

In the botanical section we use GE to increase our cotton, cor, soybeans, and rice. The problem though is that some of the GM plants have deadly toxins now made inside of them.

Recumbinant DNA

Recumbinant DNA or rDNA is combining two strands of gene sequences artificially and creating DNA strands out of it. According to News Medical, rDNA is used for things ranging from crop duplication to common pharmaceuticals. rDNA is used on maize, soy, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and more. It is also used for treating infections in animals and humans.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, we can use the genetic technology to heal ailments, duplicate crop, save lives, and even end them. The human genome is giant, and with the recent completion, all that you've read is proof just how far we can go in just a few short years.


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