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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New types of therapy mean cancer is going to become ever more survivable - The Economist

New types of therapy mean cancer is going to become ever more survivable
The Economist
New research tools, such as easily generated antibodies, rapid gene sequencing and ever easier genetic engineering, have revolutionised biologists' understanding of cancer. This understanding has allowed more specific approaches to the disease to be .

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How well can seeds survive in space? - EarthSky

EarthSky

How well can seeds survive in space?
EarthSky
A second ISS mission called EXPOSE-R included only the three types of Arabidopsis seeds. These received a little over double the dose of . The 11 Arabidopsis plants that did grow from both the wild type and genetically engineered seeds did not .

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Cell-Centered: Scientists Embrace Cell-Replacement Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Cell-Centered: Scientists Embrace Cell-Replacement Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
. including macular degeneration and Parkinson's, where there have already been promising early-stage human and animal trials. These cell-centered approaches will likely be buoyed by ongoing advances in stem cell biology and genetic engineering.

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Genetic Engineering Could Allow Us to Treat or Even Prevent Obesity - Futurism

Futurism

Genetic Engineering Could Allow Us to Treat or Even Prevent Obesity
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By genetically engineering mice to block the production of a certain protein, scientists have been able to turn the animals' calorie-storing "bad" fat into calorie-burning "good" fat. . Our bodies are home to two types of fat, one EURśgoodEURť and the .

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Candidate for a stroke? - Philippine News

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Candidate for a stroke?
Philippine News
To simplify it for our layman readers, the most common two types and causes of a stroke are artery blockage or bleeding. Arterial obstruction . Someday, preventive genetic engineering and manipulation for all diseases will be available. In the .

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Around the web: Concerns with human genetic engineering, Gary Cohn on tax reform, and more - American Enterprise Institute

Around the web: Concerns with human genetic engineering, Gary Cohn on tax reform, and more
American Enterprise Institute
Since then, she's been meeting with stakeholdersEUR•unions and business types and the likeEUR•about how San Francisco, and California, might explore such a thing. Among the issues with a robot tax: What is a robot? Even roboticists have a hard time agreeing.

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Genetically Engineered Corals Could Help Save the Coral Reefs - Interesting Engineering

Interesting Engineering

Genetically Engineered Corals Could Help Save the Coral Reefs
Interesting Engineering
The variation in the genetic code has made it difficult to use the algae in this way. The usual, well-established genetic engineering methods wouldn't work on this particular species. Scientists also attempted to cross-breed the Symbiodinium with other .

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