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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Scientists Grow 3D Hairy Mouse Skin without Using Embryonic Tissue - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Scientists Grow 3D Hairy Mouse Skin without Using Embryonic Tissue
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
The hairy skin more closely resembles natural mouse skin than existing lab-grown tissue that is constructed by piecing together different cell types. The Indiana University School of Medicine researchers suggest that if hair-growing human skin can be .

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Long-lasting flu vaccine could replace yearly shots - Science News for Students

Science News for Students

Long-lasting flu vaccine could replace yearly shots
Science News for Students
(in genetics) A quality or characteristic that can be inherited. vaccine (v. vaccinate) A biological mixture that resembles a disease-causing agent. It is given to help the body create immunity to a particular disease. The injections used to administer .

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Trump's Farm Fibs, Pollan's Twinkies, and More: Your Winter Food Policy Round-Up - Modern Farmer

Modern Farmer

Trump's Farm Fibs, Pollan's Twinkies, and More: Your Winter Food Policy Round-Up
Modern Farmer
Pollan then went onto explain that the farm bill, through subsidizing certain types of agriculture, is effectively making Twinkies cheaper than carrots, and thus subsidizing a host of problems. The foodie blogosphere went into something of a tizzy over .

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Gene therapy offers long-term treatment for mice with diabetes - La Crosse Tribune

La Crosse Tribune

Gene therapy offers long-term treatment for mice with diabetes
La Crosse Tribune
Until recently, using a virus to ferry genetic fixes to their targets has caused illness and death in patients. But advances in genetic engineering have made it possible to disarm viruses of their ability to sicken people without compromising their .

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Pakistani database to help deal with genetic disorders - SciDev.Net

SciDev.Net

Pakistani database to help deal with genetic disorders
SciDev.Net
[ISLAMABAD] Pakistan, a country with a high rate of marriages among close relatives, has taken a step towards dealing with inherited disorders by establishing a genetic mutation database, or mutome, that the developers say will help provide genetic .

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Engineers create plants that glow - MIT News

MIT News

Engineers create plants that glow
MIT News
Previous efforts to create light-emitting plants have relied on genetically engineering plants to express the gene for luciferase, but this is a laborious process that yields extremely dim light. Those studies were performed on tobacco plants and .
Trees could soon replace streetlights after scientists create plants that glowMetro
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortageThe MIT Tech

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