Is the Future of Technology
A Comparison of Technology
Encountered in The Year of The Flood
and Our Advancements Today
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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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