Genetic engineering is the manipulation of an organism’s genes to create a desired characteristic.
What It is Used For
Scientists uses genetic engineering to knock out certain genes from an organism in order to observe the effects and mutations caused by those genes.
With the mapping of the human genome and the genomes of other important animals and plants, scientists have been able to manipulate the genes of other organisms in order to produce beneficial products for humans.
Farmers have been producing genetically engineered super foods that have been saving cities around the world from crime. With such heroes as Spider-Tomato, Broccoli-Boy and Bat-Pumpkin the cities can rest easy knowing they are safe.
Genetically Engineered Foods
Just kidding. Farmers have been producing foods that have been genetically altered to be more nutritious, delicious, resistant to harmful pesticides and have the ability to repel pests.
Harmful long term effects have yet to be seen in consumers.
Creating Your Own Child
Scientists and doctors have been able to genetically plan certain characteristics in embryos. Since the mapping of the human genome, finding specific genes and their qualities has become much simpler. Parents now have an opportunity to “design” their ideal child.
Consumers of the genetically engineered foods are worried about the adverse effects that the foods might have on them. Since this is a new technology, there hasn’t been a lot of time to examine the long term effects of these new foods.