Genetic Engineering+Recombinant DNA

Is it truly good or bad?

Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA

Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA is new technology that can really help benefit humans, but it also poses many risks. This page is here to inform you on both pros and cons of this modern technology.

Genetic Engineering

What Is Genetic Engineering?

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Genetic Engineering is "The group of applied techniques of genetics and biotechnology used to cut up and join together genetic material and especially DNA from one or more species of organism and to introduce the result into an organism in order to change one or more of its characteristics." More simply, this means that scientists take specific traits from one set of genes, and then transfer them into another set of genes.

What Can Genetic Engineering be used for?

Genetic Engineering can be used for a variety of beneficial things. One thing it can do is erase diseases, like in animals, scientists were able to use genetic engineering to create cows that cannot develop mad cow disease, and to create chickens that cannot pass on H5N1 Avian Flu. Genetic engineering could also be used on humans to do that same thing too. Another thing that Genetic Engineering can do is change the way food is created. For example, according to the GRACE communications foundation, genetically modified salmon can grow to market weight twice as fast as wild salmon. Also plants can be made to resist bugs, and pesticides, so that they grow while weeds die all around them.

Recombinant DNA

What Is Recombinant DNA?

According to Merriam Webster, Recombinant DNA is "Genetically engineered DNA usually incorporating DNA from more than one species of organism." In simpler terms, it's when two strands of DNA are combined.

What Can Recombinant DNA Do?

Some of the things that Recombinant DNA can do is create immunizations for diseases, and create things that can be used to treat certain medical conditions, both which benefit humans.

Is Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA Safe

A frequently asked question about Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA is "Is it safe?" That question hasn't necessarily been answered yet. What I can tell you though, is that with Genetically Modified things, we don't necessarily know what's in them, which could cause allergic reactions, or have dangerous substances, that could cause illness. Also, with GMO's, it could change the entire structure of the organism, making it unstable and more prone to mutation. Therefore, there are many bad things about Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA.


In conclusion, there is many Pros and Cons to Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA. What it really comes down to is peoples personal opinions on whether they want to take the risks of using this new technology.

Works Cited

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Smith, Yolanda. "What Is Recombinant DNA?" News Medical. News Medical, 16 Aug. 2010. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

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"Recombinant DNA and Gene Cloning." Recombinant DNA. N.p., 25 Apr. 2014. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.