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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Broad Institute Joins CRISPR Patent Pool Talks - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (blog)

Broad Institute Joins CRISPR Patent Pool Talks
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (blog)
The Broad says it joins with MIT, Harvard, and Rockefeller to make CRISPR tools freely available to the academic and nonprofit communities and issue nonexclusive licenses for most types of commercial research, including agriculture. The exception is .

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IARPA seeks tech to ID bioengineered life forms - FCW.com (blog)

FCW.com (blog)

IARPA seeks tech to ID bioengineered life forms
FCW.com (blog)
IARPA said its Finding Engineering-Linked Indicators (FELIX) program looks to develop new tech that can spot genetically engineered changes within biological systems to spur "mitigation responses to unlawful or accidental release of organisms." IARPA .

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The race to revive woolly mammoths using ancient DNA - CBS News

CBS News

The race to revive woolly mammoths using ancient DNA
CBS News
And why they don't get cancer is in their genes. If we can figure that out, we can use this genetic engineering to solve cancer," he said. The author also addressed the ethical concerns related to these types of genetic engineering practices. "The idea .
Peter Thiel Is Funding the Effort to Bring Woolly Mammoths Back to LifeMIT Technology Review

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Israeli university harnesses viruses to fight antibiotic-resistant . - Haaretz

Haaretz

Israeli university harnesses viruses to fight antibiotic-resistant .
Haaretz
A new technique developed by researchers from Tel Aviv University could be a milestone in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, ultimately even .

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Dietitian Q&A: Genetically Modified Organisms - DesMoinesRegister.com

DesMoinesRegister.com

Dietitian Q&A: Genetically Modified Organisms
DesMoinesRegister.com
Genetically modified organisms, or genetically modified seeds, are created using genetic engineering, such as gene splicing, to break natural boundaries in order to produce new species that are not made by nature. It is believed these new species have .

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New molecular scissors act like a GPS to improve genome editing - Science Daily

Science Daily

New molecular scissors act like a GPS to improve genome editing
Science Daily
. capable of acting like a GPS in order to identify its destination within the intricate map of the genome. The high precision of Cpf1 will improve the use of this type of technology in repairing genetic damage and in other medical and .

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