How Can The Latest Genetic Engineering News Affect You?

Genetic engineering news is constantly emerging, as ongoing experiments in all areas of the science continue to reveal new possible uses, as well as facts about the safety and practicality of existing uses. As of now, there are many applications of genetic engineering already in use, but mainly as they apply to the growth of plant crops. There are still barriers in the way of most of the technologies which relate to the genes of animals and humans, but even in these areas there are elements of progress which have been made.

The most advanced news concerning genetic engineering will always be in the field of agriculture, and specifically in the field of crop growth and management. There are three tiers to this type of operation, and the first is already long established. The growth of genetically modified crops is often for the purpose of increasing resistance against pesticides so that chemicals can be more readily used against insects and other parasites which can devastate crops even when every possible care and precaution is taken. This technology is proving effective where it is applied, but it remains to be seen whether more resistant parasites will evolve as a consequence.

There are other generations to the intended use of genetic engineering with plant crops, and these are still in the developmental phase. It is known to be possible to create crops which will be more resistant to extreme temperatures and a lack of water, which would significantly improve yields in temperate climates where the temperature can vary considerably at any given time of year. A more extreme use of genetics in plants is used to produce vaccines and drugs for the open market, far more cheaply than they can be produced using conventional means. This technique will be greatly developed in the coming years.

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The most significant and far reaching genetic engineering news comes from the field of genetics in human medicine. Even now, when this technology is still in its infancy, there are success stories being constantly reported. The most progress has been made in the treatment of immune system difficulties caused by genetics, and the number of successfully cured patients has now risen into double figures. There are some people using this treatment who have contracted leukemia as a side effect, but this is likely to be overcome in the future as the technology develops.

The news with genetic engineering in animals is not so clear cut or so advanced, indeed there are still doubts as to whether some of the technologies will ever get off the ground. A case in point is the application of genetic engineering to farm animals with the idea of making them grow to a larger size or to produce a greater milk yield. This technology would be expensive to develop, and would only do the same job as growth hormones are now doing. For this use of genetic engineering to ever become commercially viable, it would need to be developed as part of a wider reaching experiment.

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There will no doubt continue to be genetic engineering news emerging for a long time to come, both in its implementation and in the reaction to it. This is obviously a technology which has a potential to change a great many circumstances on this planet, but what is not known is the extent to which nature will be affected. There are experiments due to take place in many parts of the world, but even these are being met with protests as it is impossible to predict how the surrounding area will be affected. The results of these experiments will be among the most eagerly awaited genetic engineering news.

 

 

 

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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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'Brainbow' illuminates human brain cells in living color - Spectrum

'Brainbow' illuminates human brain cells in living color
Spectrum
In this approach, researchers typically use viruses or genetic engineering to coax an animal's brain cells to produce different combinations of up to four colored proteins. Depending on how much of each color a cell produces, researchers have access to .

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Eugenics 2.0: We're at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More - MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review

Eugenics 2.0: We're at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More
MIT Technology Review
Using a combination of computer models and DNA tests, the startup company he's working with, Genomic Prediction, thinks it has a way of predicting which IVF embryos in a laboratory dish would be most likely to develop type 1 diabetes or other complex .

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StopAndAsk: how did humans end up barking mad about dogs? - Buzz.ie

Buzz.ie

StopAndAsk: how did humans end up barking mad about dogs?
Buzz.ie
EURœAll the different types of dog are down to genetic engineering in the 1800s. EURœThat's when dogs became fashionable, it became a status symbol to have a pure-bred dog although that is a fallacy, there's no such thing as a pure bred dog. EURœUntil then .

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Snuppy, the next generation: Scientists 'immortalize' world's first cloned dog with three reclones - National Post

National Post

Snuppy, the next generation: Scientists 'immortalize' world's first cloned dog with three reclones
National Post
And bioethicist Arthur Caplan argues that the EURœbattle over humansEUR is going to be more about genetic engineering, and not trying to make Xerox copies of us. EURœWhat we'll see is more attempts to engineer humansEUR through gene-editing techniques like .

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Expert panel affirms safety of Flagstaff's reclaimed wastewater - Arizona Daily Sun

Arizona Daily Sun

Expert panel affirms safety of Flagstaff's reclaimed wastewater
Arizona Daily Sun
A Virginia Tech research team did find antibiotic-resistant genetic material in both potable and reclaimed wastewater in Flagstaff. Their tests found both types of water contained genes that confer resistance to four antibiotics classified as highly .

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