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  1. 1. Is the Future of Technology Already Here? A Comparison of Technology Encountered in The Year of The Flood and Our Advancements Today
  2. 2. Transgenic Organisms Theoretically, we have the technology to make cross species animals using genetic methods that exist because the genetic code for all organisms is conserved, meaning that because we use sequences of the same base pairs, A,C,T and G. However, it has been deemed unethical so even if these creatures have been created, there is very little literature available for the general public.
  3. 3. Fluorescence The fluorescence gene has been added to many organisms and has been put in the genome in such a way that if the human disorder or illness that the animal carries is being expressed, the fluorescence gene will also be expressed as an indicator. This way, human genetic diseases can be studied without the process of acquiring human subjects. For example, in South Korea, “They took skin cells from Turkish Angora female cats and used a virus to insert the genetic instructions for making red fluorescent protein. Then they put the gene-altered nuclei into eggs for cloning. The cloned embryos were implanted back into the donor cats, which effectively became the surrogate mothers for their own clones.”
  4. 4. Enviropigs In the book, Toby and the other characters encounter incredibly smart pigs who had a piece of human brain attached to their natural brains, which gave them the ability for semirational thought. In today’s world, it was found that pigs are unable to digest phosphorous so it is passed onto the environment in their manure, which farmers use as fertilizer. Phosphorous causes algae blooms that disrupt ecosystems. To reduce this, scientists added a gene that modified pigs’ salivary glands to be able to digest this element better. The DNA came from e. coli and mice and has proven effective in that phosphorus output by these special pigs is 70% less than non-genetically modified pigs.
  5. 5. Silk Spinning Goats To be able to produce the flexible yet strong silk that spiders make on a large scale, genes have been added to goat DNA in that silk can be produced through their milk. The silk protein can be found in the milk the goat produces and this material is very versatile. It can be used in medicine, in that it can be used to create artificial tendons and ligaments and eye sutures. It can also be used to make bulletproof vests and more effective airbags.
  6. 6. FlavrSavr Tomato This GM food sounds like something that is right out of The Year of the Flood. This tomato has the ability to ripen and grow soft at a much slower rate than normal tomatoes and looks like a natural tomato but it also has a bland taste so it was not desirable to the general public.
  7. 7. ArborGen Yet another company that sounds like it would fit in with Corps, ArborGen has genetically modified trees so that they can withstand colder temperatures or change colors if exposed to chemicals. Their primary goal seems to be more forest for less acreage, to keep up with deforestation and the rising demand for paper at the same time.
  8. 8. Fast Food The actual amount of meat in the burgers people buy everyday may be closer to that of SecretBurgers than we think. Burgers were found to comprise of :water content by weight ranged from 37.7-62.4% (an average of 49%) Meat content in the hamburgers ranged from 2.1-14.8%, (an average of 12.1%), preserved skeletal muscle, connective tissues, blood vessels, peripheral nerves, adipose tissue, plant material and cartilage. Other fillers include industrial chemical like glutaraldehyde, which is an embalming chemical, and dimethylpolysiloxane, an antifoaming agent also used in caulks, sealants and Silly Putty. The latter can be found in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, McDonald’s Fish Filet Patty, Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries, KFC BBQ Baked Beans, and KFC Biscuits.
  9. 9. Windstream Power Like Run-For-Your-Light, this company created “the Bike Power Generator, which is a stand to fit your bike to; it quickly converts a regular bicycle to an electricity generator.”
  10. 10. Sources of Pictures (In order of Appearance): http://www.uoguelph.ca/enviropig/ http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/meet-spidergoat-the-dna-enhanced-web-flinging-nanny-that-may-oneday-knit-your-bones/story-fn5fsgyc-1225867617374 http://www.tomatocasual.com/2008/02/28/what-everhappened-to-the-flavr-savr-genetically-engineered-tomato/ http://businessclimate.com/south-carolina-economicdevelopment/arborgen-summerville-sc http://shrinkingjeans.net/2011/01/food-friday-mystery-meatdu-jour/ http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/05/bike-poweredelectricity-generators.html
  11. 11. For more information about the products presented, visit: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/cloned-cats-glow6C10405337?franchiseSlug=sciencemain http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130307124802.htm http://phys.org/news194539934.html http://californiaagriculture.ucanr.org/landingpage.cfm?article=ca.v054n04p 6&fulltext=yes http://www.arborgen.us/index.php http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/08/03/study-shows-fast-foodburgers-can-contain-as-little-as-2-actual-meat/ http://www.collective-evolution.com/2011/12/04/did-you-know-manymystery-ingredients-in-fast-foods-are-often-industrialchemicals/#sthash.TfCaRx0q.dpuf http://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/pedal-poweredgenerators.aspx#ixzz2mHfYxoER