Bt Crops Bacillus thuriengensis is a bacterium that produces a natural protein insect poison (Bt toxin). Upon consumption of the bacteria, the insect dies. This is a “natural” pesticide used by organic farmers
Enhancing Vitamin/Mineral Content “ Golden Rice” contains transgenes that allow it to produce vitamin A (beta-carotene) and increase levels of iron This is a humanitarian project designed to combat Vitamin A deficiency
Some examples of transgenic animals Why are all these glowing green?
Green Fluorescent Protein A gene product of the jellyfish Aequorea victoria . Will fluoresce green when exposed to blue light. This is used as a tracking molecule to study physiological and cellular processes.
There are now several different modifications of GFP: “ Enhanced GFP” Blue Cyan Citrine Also fluorecent proteins form other animals such as anemones (RFP) GloFiish
People have become greatly concerned with the possibility of human cloning
To some, it is morally wrong and threatens the basic fabric of parenthood and family
To others, it offers a new avenue of reproduction
For infertile couples, for example
In the public sector, the sentiment toward human cloning has been generally negative
Indeed, many countries have issued an all-out ban
While others permit limited research in the area
In the future our society, will have to wrestle with the legal and ethical aspects of cloning
Human Cloning May Be Underway... Clonaid – an arm of the Raelian sect claims to have cloned 5 human babies. The location of the offshore laboratory is a secret. Human cloning, in principle, should be easier than that of large animals – since we know much more about human physiology. The only real barrier regulatory...
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