What Are Genetic Engineering Facts We Actually Know?

Genetic engineering facts are often not that easy to discover, partly because most of the publicly available printed material on the subject is hopelessly biased on way or the other, and partly because there are so few pieces of information which could truly be described as facts in any case. This is a science which is still very much in its infancy, and most of the consequences of it remain pure speculation. Even though there has already been much research carried out, there will need to be a lot more before much can be stated as a fact.

The one area in which plenty of facts can be stated is in crop engineering. There are many commercial applications of genetic modification technology in agriculture already, with many more currently being researched. It is known for certain that it is possible to breed crop plants which have an increased resistance to pesticides, and consequently to disease. There have already been statistics collected which prove this is effective, although the side effects on nature and the surrounding ecology remains to be seen. It also remains to be seen whether the insects themselves develop and increased resistance to the chemicals which are being used.

It is far more difficult to ascertain facts about the potential next generation of genetically modified crops. These are the ones which are made to be more durable, and better able to cope with harsh weather conditions. It is known that crops can be grown which will be more resistant to temperatures which are considerably colder than the average for that time of year, but how extra durability they will have can only be measured in extensive trials. It is also known that plans can be bred to retain water, giving them an increased resistance against drought, but again empirical tests are needed.

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There are also genetic engineering facts which can be ascertained from the results of experiments which been carried out on human genes. There have been attempts to cure immune system deficiencies by altering the genes of human beings, and the fact that over ten people have had their conditions completely cured proves the efficacy of the technique. However, there is more work to be done before this can be applied to the general population, because there were also people who contracted leukemia as a result of the treatments they were given.

In the fields of animal and human genetic engineering there is much more speculation than fact, because very little has actually been tested in real world. There are definitely possibilities for engineering animals so that they grow to be larger and have more meat, but as of now the expense of developing the technology will be prohibitive, as it possible to do the same thing with growth hormones. There are also more controversial ways of using animal genes, such as growing animals with genes similar to humans so that drugs can be tested on them, or even so that their organs can be transplanted into humans.

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Even though genetic engineering facts may be hard to ascertain from the biased articles which exist on the Internet, it is still necessary to read them if you want to be able to form your own independent opinion. You will be able to judge what is being said by both proponents and detractors of genetic engineering, as well as occasionally some reasoned arguments from people who are still trying to make sense of it all. It is also a good idea to keep up to date with any regularly published journals which publish any new developments or changed genetic engineering facts.

 

 

 

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New Research Targets Cancer's 'Achilles' Heel' - Northwestern University NewsCenter

Northwestern University NewsCenter

New Research Targets Cancer's 'Achilles' Heel'
Northwestern University NewsCenter
EURœIf you think of genetics as hardware, then chromatin is the software,EUR said Backman, the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering. EURœComplex diseases such as cancer do not depend on the .

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Animal Biotech Market Grows Through Genetics - Investing News Network

Investing News Network

Animal Biotech Market Grows Through Genetics
Investing News Network
The growth and rapid development of genetics have impacted the types of products being developed for humans, according to this report EURœ[g]enomics, proteomics and bioinformaticsEUR are also shaping the future of animal biotech. EURœBiotechnology has .

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New wake-promoting node pinpointed in brain - Medical Xpress

Medical Xpress

New wake-promoting node pinpointed in brain
Medical Xpress
In the current paper, Pedersen and his colleagues used genetic engineering techniques to selectively activate particular groups of cells in the brain. They did so with a combination of a designer drug (clozapine-N-oxide) and receptors engineered to be .

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New gene-editing technique may lead to treatment for thousands of diseases - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

New gene-editing technique may lead to treatment for thousands of diseases
Los Angeles Times
EURœThis is another nice example of using protein engineering to diversify the types of edits that the CRISPR system can accomplish,EUR he said. There are 3 . The new tool will allow researchers to address an additional 48% of these types of diseases. The .
New Gene Editing Systems Are More PreciseNBCNews.com
New Version of CRISPR, Developed by Feng ZhangEURLed Team, Can Target and Edit RNAGenetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
RNA editing with CRISPR-Cas13 | ScienceScience

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How chronic inflammation tips the balance of immune cells to promote liver cancer - Medical Xpress

Medical Xpress

How chronic inflammation tips the balance of immune cells to promote liver cancer
Medical Xpress
Rather than artificially triggering cancer by engineering genetic mutations, this model more closely mimics human liver cancer in that tumors develop as a natural consequence of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a chronic metabolic disorder that .

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Worldwide Cell Culture Market by Media Type, Sera and Reagents Type EUR Analysis and Forecast to 2027 - Herald Keeper

Herald Keeper

Worldwide Cell Culture Market by Media Type, Sera and Reagents Type EUR Analysis and Forecast to 2027
Herald Keeper
On the basis of Applications, market is classified into; model system, cancer research, virology, toxicity testing, vaccine production, genetically engineered protein, Replacement Tissue or organ, Genetic counseling, Genetic engineering, Gene therapy .

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Regeneration of the entire human epidermis using transgenic stem cells - Nature.com

Nature.com

Regeneration of the entire human epidermis using transgenic stem cells
Nature.com
Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) is a severe and often lethal genetic disease caused by mutations in genes encoding the basement membrane component laminin-332. Surviving ... If the originally transduced clonogenic cells were all long-lived .

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