The History Of Genetic Engineering Is Being Written Now

History of genetic engineering is inevitably brief and without a great amount of incident, as this is a young technology with most of its potential still unrealized, and most of its effects still to come. There are significant lessons which can be learned from what has already happened, but much more research will need to be done before we can be certain of the exact potential of this technology, or of the inevitable challenges which will need to be overcome if this potential is to be realized. Even with this advanced technology, progress will come slowly.

Most of the history which is available so far relates to the use of genetic engineering in crop growing. This is the only part of the science which is currently in regular practice and regular commercial use, and which is established to a degree. The first generation of crop engineering involves producing strains which are more resistant to pesticides and other chemicals which are routinely used in the production of standard crops. This has already successfully been achieved, although the effect of the technology on the surrounding nature and the ecology of the planet remains to be seen.

The next generation of crop related genetic engineering is still being implemented, and this is the part which relates to making crops which are more resistant to extreme weather conditions. This would be extremely valuable technology in temperate climates where temperatures can vary from ten degrees or even more from the expected average for the time of year. There is always risk that crops will be destroyed when these extreme temperatures threaten, although the risk is less than in the past when technology was more primitive. History suggests that any application of a technology which is financially viable will eventually happen.

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There is already established history of genetic engineering in the area of manipulating human genes. So far, there has been considerable success in the treatment of immune system disorders using a technique of gene substitution. This relatively simple use of genetic engineering technology has so far permanently cured over ten people, and it is still in the early stages of development. The only downside has been that several other people have contracted leukemia as a result of attempting to use this technology. These incidents are believed to be due to incorrect implementation, rather than any inherent problem with the technology.

So many other applications of this technology have virtually no history beyond the laboratories in which they are developed. These include the ones which are still in an early stage, and the ones for which there is uncertainty as to whether or not they will ever be viable. A case in point is the relatively simple technology which can produce farm animals which are larger and more well developed than the naturally occurring animals. The same effect can be achieved with hormones, so it is not known whether or not there will ever be enough commercial demand for a genetically produced line of farm animals.

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The history of genetic engineering is still being written, and will continue to be written for a long time to come. There is certain to be much debate still going on many years from now, as new possible uses for the technology are developed. There are many highly vocal proponents of genetic engineering, and many equally loud and noticeable opponents, so much of the future history will be created in the government buildings of the world. As long as commercial interests have control over political activities, there are likely to be further developments in the history of genetic engineering.

 

 

 

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Scientists engineer sound-reflecting bacteria - Cosmos

Cosmos

Scientists engineer sound-reflecting bacteria
Cosmos
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology in the US have genetically engineered bacteria capable of sending sonar signals from deep within the human body. The modified Escherichia coli contain genes from two other species of bacteria .

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Illuminating the Path to All-Optical Neurophysiology - Technology Networks

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Illuminating the Path to All-Optical Neurophysiology
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The microscope is one of the most iconic symbols of science, at least the equal of the white coat or bubbling neon liquids in its ability to endow scientific credibility in the eyes of TV viewers of shows like the Big Bang Theory or CSI: Miami. Yet the .

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

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Scientists Grow 3D Hairy Mouse Skin without Using Embryonic Tissue
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Scientists in the U.S. have grown mouse skin tissue complete with hair follicles (HFs) directly from mouse pluripotent stem cells (mPSCs). The hairy skin more closely resembles natural mouse skin than existing lab-grown tissue that is constructed by .

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Taming the Transcriptome with RNA-Seq - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

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Taming the Transcriptome with RNA-Seq
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In the study, DroNc-seq was able to cluster neurons of the same class originating from different anatomical regions of the brain, and it allowed different glial cell types to be differentiated from one another, despite the lower nuclear RNA content and .

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