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Genetic Engineering: DNA Testing and Social Control - DNA Testing and Social Control Pragmatism is the name of the game when it comes to taking away freedom. The public tends to be against any attempt to curtail civil liberties across the board. It is standard practice, however, to for the government to violate the rights of certain groups in the name of public safety or to fight crime. This is what is happening with the government collection of DNA samples. The state of New York announced on August 5 that it intends to collect DNA samples from every person in prison, on parole, or in probation in that state for one of a specified list of crimes....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers] 710 words
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Genetically Modified Food (GMF). - ... Therefore, the environment groups, organic farmers, and consumer groups are angry because it will mix with other varieties of alfalfa, weeds will become impossible to kill, and it will bad for export business (119). However, it is good for farmers who cannot afford the biotechnology. The neutral have disease and pollution without using alfalfa. For instance, Malaria and position plants, they are neutral and have one said which is bad. Comparing with alfalfa which has a good and bad effect in the same time....   [tags: genetic engineering, pros and cons] 1119 words
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The Ethical Issues of Cloning - Cloning has been a controversial topic since the time it was introduced, prompting questions of ethics. Although it has been unintentionally in use for thousands of years, it was first brought about in the 1960’s. As increasing discoveries have been gained since, numerous uncertainties continue to be raised among scientists, politicians, and anyone interested in the issue. While the idea of cloning is intriguing and polarizing, there is a fine like that defines what is and isn’t ethical; it is moral to clone cells for research and plants for agricultural desires, but it is in no way acceptable to clone humans and animals for reproductive reasons....   [tags: genetic engineering]
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The Advantages of Animal Cloning - ... “ Brazilian researchers are turning to cloning to help fight the perilous decline of several animal species”( Barchfield). With the hundreds of extinct species the animal population is taking a hit. This has became such a problem that not only are Brazilian researchers working on this but other researchers around the world are doing the same. These researchers are using the technology of cloning to increase the amount of the animals born which would increase the population more drastically over time as well....   [tags: genetic engineering]
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Designer Babies - Imagine yourself in your doctor’s office. He hands you a clipboard and you start checking off what you want… green eyes, blond hair, artistic, female. Congratulations, you’ve just created what you think is the perfect child. However, there is one small problem with this plan; someone has already tried to create the perfect human. His name is Adolf Hitler. Designer Babies, a form of human genetic engineering, should be banned. When a human is created with a different embryo in a lab that child can feel a lost sense of identity; also, genetic engineering can lead to a loss of human diversity and an imbalance between the social classes; and the procedure for testing and creating genetically en...   [tags: Genetic Engineering] 920 words
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Designer Babies - Designer Babies Since the time DNA was discovered, genetic modification has been advancing in our world. Around the late 20th century designing babies became a new topic. Genetic engineering is a powerful and potentially very dangerous tool. To alter the sequence of nucleotides of the DNA that code for the structure of complex living organisms, can have extremely ill effects although the potential benefits can be huge. Today’s advances in gene therapy make it possible to remove bad genes and replace them with functioning genes in cells lacking this function....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Designer Babies - The concept of designer babies is a highly disputed topic. Some say that it is mainly beneficial because it can enhance and cure, but some would say otherwise because they see it as unethical and ultimately causing problems within society. Most parents would want the best for their child, so ‘improving’ them or ‘making them better’ makes sense. Which school a child goes to and which hobbies they take part in can be choices that a parent makes, which in turn hopefully makes the child’s life better....   [tags: Genetic Engineering] 895 words
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Agricultural Revolution - Welcome to the age of an agricultural revolution as everyday biotechnology continues to bring innovation to human’s most basic needs – food. Food is essential to any living organism, providing energy for our production and nutrients for our protection. Without this fundamental element, life cannot exist. Our lack to produce our own energy, like plants, causes us to become dependent on others for survival. Humans existence is attributed only to the million years of evolution our food source underwent to sustain our survival....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Designer Babies - Within the last 100 years or so scientists have many valuable discoveries that have benefited mankind. These discoveries include the discovery of genes. Scientists have discovered what makes humans so unique from one another. However, with this newly gained knowledge of the function of genes comes the ability to alter or change them. Just imagine in the not so near future, you and your partner want to start a family together. You travel to your local gene councillor to pick the physical and characteristic traits of your child....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Cre Recombinase Activity - ... In the native Cre molecule, helices B and D contact the LoxP site, while the loop A/B is engaged in interactions with helix E of the same or adjacent Cre protein (39), and it can be supposed that these interactions also occur for the isolated N-terminal fragment of Cre. Moreover, given the interactions of helices A and B with helices C and D, it is likely that the isolated N-terminal fragment of Cre possesses a structure close to the one it adopts within the intact Cre molecule, and that would also favor its ability to stabilize the complex....   [tags: genetic engineering]
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Genetically Modified Plants - Genetically Modified Plants Would most people eat a hamburger if they knew that the cow that provided the beef possessed genes from a sheep. How about bacon that came from a pig with sheep traits. More likely than not, they would refuse to consume such products, denouncing them as unsafe and irresponsible. Protests over these animals with mixed genetics would probably begin. This genetic tampering has been occurring in plants for years, but the majority of consumers do not think twice about purchasing products derived from these genetically engineered plants....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Prevention of Leukemic Stem Cells Developing from Hematopoeic Stem Cells by Targetting the Ras/Raf - ... Due to of the nature of the experiment being so closely related to the immune system, the mice models used are NOD/SCID mice models, particularly of NOD.CB17-Prkdcscid/J strain, from The Jackson Laboratory (JAX). The hematopoietic stem cells are acquired from Thermo Fisher Scientific Life Technologies. Using the procedures included in the StemPro CD34+ Cell kit, the cells are cultured, engineered, differentiated, and analyzed as hematopoietic stem cells and transplanted into the NOD/SKID mice....   [tags: genetic engineering, genetic medicine]
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Genetic Screening - Genetics has provided knowledge that is changing humanity's view of itself and its relation to the rest of the universe. This has brought changes of our current philosophies and religions. For instance, the catholic church has accepted the evolution theory (1). Genetic, cytogenetic and molecular studies show that we are related to every living thing on the planet, including plants, fungi and bacterium (6) An important area in which current genetic knowledge is causing revolution is anthropological science (14)....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
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Genetically Modified Organisms: Impact on Society and the Environment - It is wise for one to be skeptical of new technology, when this technology is untested. However, if these ideas and products are then proven to be safe and beneficial, it is important to accept them, to continue the evolution and betterment of the human race. Sometimes it is hard for a society to accept a radical technological change, as is the case with genetic engineering. Despite decades of studies and implementation of genetically modified organisms without a single case of health or safety issues, environmental groups and many governments vehemently oppose genetically modified foods (Reville)....   [tags: genetic engineering ,modified food, health]
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Genetically Modified Products - Do you ever question what is really in the food you eat. Is a piece of steak really just a piece of steak from a cow’s body. Is a bowl of rice really a bowl of rice grown on a farm. If you answer no to any of these questions don’t feel bad, you’re just like ninety percent of other Americans. The multibillion dollar genetically modified food industry has evolved immensely over the past two decades, and it has secretly entered our lives today. We are not aware of the damage genetically modified organisms can bring by altering the natural traits of our foods which not only impact our environment, but it also impact our abilities to functions as regular humans....   [tags: dna, genetic engineering]
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Genetically Modified Food - You’re Eating Genetically Modified Food and you don’t Even Know It The discovery of genetic engineering is a huge breakthrough in science. A promise of the ability to genetically increase the rate of which food is being produced has convinced many individuals to endorse this system of modifying food. In 2013, genetically engineered crops made up almost half of the total farmland in the United States used for growing crops (Fernandez-Cornejo). Scientists have boasted of the tremendous benefits since the discovery of genetic engineering, but have never talked about the consequences of utilizing this procedure....   [tags: organisms, genetic engineering]
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Genetically Modified Organisms - Genetically Modified Organisms In today’s world here in America, people are able to eat whatever they want and when they want to. Many people here in America tend to eat a lot of food; from pizza to mint ice cream. With all of the food they eat daily there are a lot of things to be considered. Do Americans want to know what is put into their food. What about, how it will affect them. So, what is put into the food that Americans. In the food are “ genetically modified organisms most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques....   [tags: genetic engineering, transgenic food]
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Genetically Modified Foods: The Future of Food - Are genetically modified foods a step in the right direction. Many people automatically retort with a resounding “No!” when asked this question, believing that these newfangled foods are unnatural and therefore, unsafe. They cringe at the thought of the so-called “frankenfoods” that are packed with chemicals and mutated DNA. However, genetically engineered foods are quite the opposite. Bio-engineering is used to make foods more nutritious by combining the best aspects of each individual plant. These crops are also remarkably safe because many plants are modified to be naturally pest repellant, making pesticides and harsh chemicals a thing of the past....   [tags: GMOs, Modified Crops, genetic engineering]
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Designer Babies: What is Ethical? - Designer Babies: What is Ethical. Imagine a parent walking into what looks like a conference room. A sheet of paper waits on a table with numerous questions many people wish they had control over. Options such as hair color, skin color, personality traits and other physical appearances are mapped out across the page. When the questions are filled out, a baby appears as he or she was described moments before. The baby is the picture of health, and looks perfect in every way. This scenario seems only to exist in a dream, however, the option to design a child has already become a reality in the near future....   [tags: Genetic Engineering, argumentative, persuasive, Go] 992 words
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Genetically Modified Foods Good or Bad?: - ... Superweeds are a term used to describe weeds with an incredible resistance to herbicides used to kill them. In in an interview done by Live Science Anne Yonkers said "We should be using the precautionary principle with GMOs, and assume that GMOs have to be demonstrated to be good rather than assume that they are good.” (Yonkers 5), modified crops accelerated the evolution in weeds at an incredible rate making them develop resistance faster. A common weed called Palmer that grows near soybeans evolved to be resistance to glyphosate an active ingredient in many weed killers such as Roundup....   [tags: health concerns, GMOs, genetic engineering]
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Genetically Modified Organisms: Dangerous Health Concerns - ... What do consumers actually know about the side effects of GMOs. Genetically modified organisms are toxic. It’s been proven that these organisms cause harm to our organs. There’s enough prove that these chemically altered foods are damaging their health little by little. In the book, Genetic Roulette, written by Jeffrey M. Smith, he explains that, “…lab animals tested with GM foods had misshapen cell structures in the liver, pancreas, and testicles, liver and kidney lesions, partially atrophied livers, inflamed kidneys, less developed brains and testicles, enlarged livers, pancreases, inflamed lung tissue, increased death rates and higher offspring mortality”(1)....   [tags: unhealthy effects, genetic engineering]
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An Overview Analysis of Cloning - Cloning is a DNA sequence, such as a gene, that is transferred from one organism to another and replicated by genetic engineering techniques. This means to reproduce or propagate asexually and some sexually. Cloning is made when you have several embryos and you try to duplicate them to produce more eggs which is called SCNT. SCNT (Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer) is used so that they can take a piece of DNA from an egg and transfer it to another egg after the nucleus has been eliminated by an ultra violet beam....   [tags: dna sequence, genetic engineering, clones]
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Genetically Engineered Food - Genetically engineered goods are a huge controversy in the United States. There has been a lot of conflict between different groups about whether or not genetically engineered foods should be so widely sold or at least not labeled. There are many people on both sides of the argument that have given great insight as to what genetically engineered foods can do for/to people. Those that are in favor of genetically modified food say that it allows for farmers to have a less risky harvest and this can then lead to producing more food for a higher population....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Genetically Modified Salmon - What if the food you were eating right now was not what you thought it was. Instead of being grown like that rest of your food, taking a certain length of time or only growing during certain seasons, it was genetically modified to grow faster and with no consideration to season at all. This concept as farfetched as it may sound is not so farfetched after all with the production of genetically modified GM salmon trying to make its way into our fishers markets and grocery stores today. This process has been going on for almost 20 years, being done to crops and animals alike, however, GM salmon will be the first commercial GM food animal to hit the American market....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Ethical Issue of Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Embryonic stem cells can be defined as stem cells that are derived from the undifferentiated inner mass cells of a human embryo. In other words, the cells are derived from the inner mass of the blastocyst. Blastocyst can be referred as an early stage embryo. This means that the embryonic stem cell is grown from cells that are found in the embryo and are a few days old. Typically, the embryo that provides the embryonic stem cells is four or five days old. In addition, most of the embryonic stem cells are obtained from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized by in-vitro for infertile couples....   [tags: genetic engineering technology]
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Position Paper: Gene Therapy in Humans - ... Altering the genetic information in a patient's cells may result in long-term side effects that are unpredictable at present”(p 812). With this uncertainty, it is risky to change DNA in humans. Complications that are unforeseeable can arise and this causes an ethical dilemma. Potentially trying to cure a disorder with gene therapy could lead to more problems and put the patient through more traumas, which is wrong both ethically and morally. Another ethical and moral dilemma of gene therapy in humans is the idea of “playing God” and changing someone’s genetic code....   [tags: genetic engineering ethics and morality]
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The Ethics of Human Cloning - For many years, cloning has been a controversy. There has been many deliberations on weither cloning is ethically or morally right or wrong. The definition of cloning can differ from one situation to another, in general when speaking about a cloneit means a fragment of DNA which is a serie of manipulations from a particular piece that can be generated unlimitedly ( Cullis, "Entering The Clone Zone." ) In this essay, the readers will understand why cloning should be considered legal due to it's benefits among human beings and society....   [tags: dna, genetic engineering, génétiques]
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Taking a Look at Cloning - ... SUMMARY OF RESEARCH Although we have yet to attempt to clone humans, we can still predict what health problems can occur from our research with animal cloning. Through our successful attempts in animal cloning, scientists have found different diseases that have arose in both the animal being cloned as well as the cloned animal. In many cases, successfully cloned animals , “have higher rates of malformations and genetic disease, as well as signs of early aging have been observed” (The Gale Encyclopedia of Science)....   [tags: scientific breakthroughs, genetic engineering] 1037 words
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GMOs - Progressive or Perilous? - In 2012, the global are of genetically modified crops continued to increase for the 17th year in a row at a rate of 6% (25 million acres). The area of genetically modified crops, or biotech crops, has increased almost 100-fold since commercialization in 1996, making biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in the history of modern agriculture (“ISAAA”). The biotech boom has changed the way that producers grow their crops, for better or for worse. The explosion of genetically modified crops and foods has stirred a debate whether they are a harmful liability to the environment and to society or they are a beneficial, new technology that can help provide food to the rapidly increasing...   [tags: genetic engineering and food] 2386 words
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Should Human Cloning Be Banned? - ... Human cloning is means of manufacture. Also, human cloning infringes on having own identity rights. This means that human cloning infringes a right to ask that there is only me in the world. So, people do not allow cloning themselves because there should be only they in the world. Opponents also maintain that human cloning contribute to the advanced medical science. For example, in America, chemists sold medicine after animal testing but, it did not work well and after taking medicine, deformed children were born....   [tags: genetic engineering implications]
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The Study of Genetics - Genetics are the essence of life they are what make up you and your traits and everything about you. They are what connect you and your parents. You inherit all of your traits from each of your parents. They pass them to you from there chromosomes which have the genes on them. Genetics can be helpful in many ways such as in gene therapy you can know if your child will have genetic disorder and also in genetic engineering you can make it so plants are immune to diseases. The study of genetics is also important two of the most important scientist are, Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics and Walter Sutton who had the theory that traits were passes through chromosomes....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays] 485 words
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Taking a Look at DNA - ... It guides the cell in making new proteins that determine our traits or characteristics (how stuff works). DNA also reproduces and replicates itself. DNA replication occurs in the cytoplasm of prokaryotes and in the nucleus of eukaryotes. Regardless of where DNA replication occurs, the basic process is the same. Each of the sides of DNA runs in opposite directions. During DNA replication, DNA unwinds so it can be copied. This structure can unzip down the middle and each side can serve as a pattern or template for the other side....   [tags: genetic research and engineering] 1735 words
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The Human Genome Project and the Media - Human Genome Project and the Media         Newspapers, magazines, news programs and commercials have only seconds, if not only tenths of seconds, to catch our attention, to sell us an idea or product, or to convey the most up-to-the-minute information about society, technology and health. To attract viewers, readers, and customers, individual media sources must be among the best at capturing our attention, which means they must convince us that we need the information they have, or the product they wish to sell....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Therapeutic vs. Reproductive Cloning - ... Reproductive cloning is the production of a genetic duplicate of an organism. The main purpose for reproductive cloning is not medical unlike therapeutic cloning. Reproductive cloning can be used for plants, animals, and even human beings. During the reproductive cloning process, the genetic material from a donor egg creating an empty egg. A cell is then taken from the organism that is being cloned in which the nucleus is extracted. The cell is then transferred into the empty egg and is stimulated to divide just like in therapeutic cloning....   [tags: genetic engineering polemic]
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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells - ... Although the National Institute of Health states that “it is not known if iPSCs and embryonic stem cells differ in clinically significant ways”, iPSCs are already being used to achieve the same results as ESCs in some applications without the use of embryos, removing the ethical concern associated with ESCs (National Institutes of Health, 2009). ESCs are capable of differentiating into all cell types, and can be used as a source of differentiated cells. In the report by Itskovitz-Eldor et al., they discuss the induced differentiation of ESCs in suspension into embryoid bodies, including the three embryonic germ layers....   [tags: genetic engineering, therapy development]
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Genetically Modified Crops - In a perfect world, what would everyone have. Well, they most likely would have good health, money, stability, and proper environment to live very productive lives. This is what people strive to have, but very few receive. Why. There are many reasons. One reason might be the lack of agricultural advancement in many countries. If these countries were to embrace genetically modified crops, the citizens would have much better lives. According to Osakabe, Yuriko, Kajita, and Osakabe, in their article “Genetic Engineering Of Woody Plants: Current And Future Targets In A Stressful Environment”, genetic engineering in plants is better than traditional breeding methods because “…they bypass the lo...   [tags: agriculture, genetic engineering, health, economy]
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The Controversy of Gene Patenting - ... These companies do not have to worry that other companies are competing with them to make new discoveries. This is especially important for smaller companies that may not have the financial support to compete with larger, more established companies. Second, that it encourages research and development in private industry. Patents support innovation and invention by giving companies rights to gene sequences. The lure of a potential patent drives and pushes researchers to think more creatively and work harder in order to obtain a patent for their work....   [tags: pros and cons, genetic engineering]
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Genetically Modified Organism: - ... These are traits that are targeted through the genetic engineering are frequently the same as which are followed by the conventional breeding. An advantage to genetically modified crops is a higher crop yield; this means the crop will produce more crops compared to a crop that isn’t modified. A significant portion of genetically modified crops have being growing in developed countries. In the last couple of years there has been a steady increase in the amount of hectares being planted to genetically modified crops in the developing world....   [tags: biological products, crops, genetic engineering] 669 words
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Genetically Modified Organisms: The European Union vs. The United States - Genetically Modified Organisms: The European Union vs. The United States "By increasing the fertility of the land, it increases its abundance. The improvements of agriculture too introduce many sorts of vegetable foods, which, requiring less land and not more labor than corn, come cheaply to the market." -Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations Book I.XI.n The United States and the European Union are currently in dispute over the trade of genetically modified organisms....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Research Papers]
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In Vitro Model of Human Amniotic Stem Cell Differentiation to Smooth Muscle Cells - Introduction The mechanism of the differentiation of stem cells (SCs) into smooth muscle cells (SMCs) is not yet fully understood, although recent research in this area has made significant strides. In previous studies, human embryonic mesenchymal stem cells (hEMSCs) were shown to differentiate by induction with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-Β) through Smad and serum response factor (SRF), p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK), and PI3k Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3k).3 Human amniotic stem cell derived smooth muscle cells do not show continuous differentiation and are functionally different as compared to embryonically derived cells.2 This may be influenced by differe...   [tags: genetic engineering and medicine]
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Should Gender Selection Be Legalized in Australia for Non-Medical Reasons? - ... If gender selection becomes legal in Australia there will be many questions as to who will get access to the IVF process. Most families will turn to it as an opportunity to finally balance the amount of one gender they have in their family or even to get their family balance perfect (Wilkinson, 2014). Many people believe that gender selection is just human experimentation and should not be allowed as it is unfair on the unborn child being chosen by the parents when it should be loved whether it was a male or female....   [tags: in-vitro fertilization, genetic engineering]
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Concerns with Mitochondrial Replacement - ... This genetic modification is not only passed on to the child, but also the subsequent generations (Bredenoord, Pennings, and Wert 670). Techniques such as PNT and MST, makes it possible for children to be born with normal cellular energy production, because healthy donated mtDNA would populate their cells. As a consequence of this intervention, the resulting child’s sperm or egg cells their (‘germline’) would also develop using the donor’s mitochondria (Nuffield Council on Bioethics 57). Another concern towards mitochondrial replacement is the health and welfare of future children and the potential short- and long-term harms to them and their offspring, when it comes to germline interven...   [tags: genetic research and engineering] 1227 words
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Ethical and Beneficial Replacement for Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Cells, “the building blocks of life”, comprise the smallest bacterium to the largest creature on earth (Sadava 77). Cells hold great importance in maintaining each and every living being and animal (Hole 52). One human body alone contains an estimated 75 trillion cells that all work together like a complex machine (Hole 51). The intricate and unique design of the cell only begins to encompass its untapped potential to impact human lives through the assistance of medical research. Research involving cells of all types demands the attention of scientists in search of new discoveries in medicine, but embryonic stem cell research sparks a controversy that only an alternative solution can resolve...   [tags: genetic engineering, bioengineering]
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Embryonic Stem Cells and Adult Stem Cells - ... For example, MSC’s, the stem cells are present in all organs but are best collected in the bone marrow. The MSC’s can be functionally different, depending on their collection site. These adult stem cells which are taken from the umbilical cord cannot form into osteoblasts, chondrocytes and cardiomyocytes. Another way to use adult stem cells is to transplant them. A method of stem cell transplantation is allogenic hemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). It has become quite common in the last 50 years to treat inherited and immunohematological diseases, sickle cell disease, types of leukemia, and various types of cancer (even solid tumors) such as renal cell cancer, breast cancer, an...   [tags: genetic engineering and health] 909 words
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Major Steps in Plant Tissue Culture - ... Furthermore, auxin can induce the formation of root (Beyl, 2011) On the other hand, cytokinin is used for the shoot proliferation (Bhojwani and Razdan, 1983). Rapid multiplication can be done by transferring callus from the parent explants to the fresh medium of the same composition of elements to produce a reasonable amount of tissue (Bhojwani & Razdan, 1996). The last step in plant tissue culture is transplanting. After the plantlets undergoes the process of multiplication, transplanting take place when the plantlets are huge enough and can be removed from the culture vessel to the external environment....   [tags: genetic engineering and botany]
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Stem Cell Research: The Final Cure - ... . Due to the many different kinds of stem cells, there are various places they can be found at. Adult stem cells are taken from an adult, child, or umbilical cord and are considered pluripotent, because they are more than 4-5 days old(Lindsey 26). Adult stem cells are being used more in studies, since they avoid the “ethical controversy.” These cells can be found in: the brain, bone marrow, digestive system, blood vessels, liver, muscle and skin cells. So what’s the problem. Well the problem starts with the embryonic stem cells....   [tags: genetic engineering on human disease] 2036 words
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Using Stem Cells for Therapeutic Approaches - ... Secondly, the use of fluorescence microscopy to detect the presence of cell markers and transcription factors such as Nanog and Sox respectively .When present, these factors indicate the presence of undifferentiated cells, which is an attribute of embryonic stem cells. Finally if the grown cell leads to teratoma formation when injected into a mouse with a suppressed immune system this can validate that the cell is an embryonic stem cell. Another type of stem cell of focus are the adult stem cells....   [tags: genetic engineering and medicine] 2281 words
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Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Curing Disease - ... Parkinson’s is a nervous system disorder that affects movement and motor control. Studies have shown that stem cells reduced some effects associated with Parkinson’s. A study taking human cord blood cells and using them on mice affected with Alzheimer’s showed the stem cells migrating to the affected parts of the brain and reducing the beta amyloids. The effectiveness of this study on mice has led to trials with humans also. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible disease characterized by insoluble protein deposits in the brain called beta amyloids....   [tags: genetic engineering and medicine] 701 words
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Taking a Look at DNA Cloning - ... Blunt ends are usually undesirable because DNA ligases will yield a lower amount of recombinant DNA while using blunt ends. There is also a disadvantage of inserting the insert DNA in an opposite orientation. The other type of end, usually the more desirable one, is called the sticky end. The sticky end contain an overhang after cleavage. The overhang is a stretch of an unpaired nucleotide at the end of the DNA molecule. These unpaired nucleotides can create 5’ and 3’ overhangs. In most cases, these overhangs are palindromic....   [tags: genetic engineering and manipulation] 1254 words
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Stem Cells, a Titanic Debate of Bioethics - Scientists around the world are determined to find answers to the most challenging questions in life. Stem cell research is the product of striving to find answers to severe medical conditions. There’s strong evidence to support this research as a viable option for regenerative medicine in treating the nervous system and neurological disorders. Stem cells have proved to be beneficial for finding the cures needed to treat cancers and diseases such as diabetes, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and heart disease (stemcyte)....   [tags: genetic engineering, medical conditions, dna]
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Cloning: Opening a Pandora's Box - Cloning: Opening a Pandora's Box What Dolly is to biology can be likened to what nuclear bomb is to physics. And just like the latter, Dolly brings with it a host of controversies. Dolly redefined nature the same way Fat Man and Little Boy redefined warfare in 1945. The impact to the human civilisation is what makes both Dolly and nuclear physics so great, and controversial. It needs not take long for everyone to realise the Pandora's box that Dolly has pried open, even for someone who knows nothing about biology like myself....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
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Benefits of Genetically Modified Corn - The world population has topped six billion people and is predicted to double in the next fifty years. Ensuring an adequate food supply for this booming population is going to be a major challenge in the years to come (Burghart). Genetically Modified (GM) corn is extremely beneficial to both farmers and consumers. Genetic engineering is a laboratory technique used by scientists to change the DNA of living organisms. GM corn can benefit farmers by decreasing costs and increasing crop yields. The new super corn can benefit consumers by producing healthier, more nutritious, and more organic corn....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Argumentative] 1324 words
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Uses for Embryonic Stem Cells - ... This does not appeal to America, because of the problems associated with the research. The problem with embryonic stem cell research is that those who oppose, and those who support it will never agree on a compromise. To those who support the research, stem cell research is a valuable asset that should not be overlooked simply because of the way they are harvested; Instead, stem cells should be recognized for their potential to save billions of lives.. Those who oppose the research believe it is an immoral evil task to take away embryos from a donated fetus and destroy them to potentially find a cure ( Hollowell 1).In vast polls, America as a whole does not support the use of taxpayer...   [tags: genetic engineering and health]
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Stem Cell Research and Treatment - ... They are cells that have already been specialized that are regenerated to become stem cells once more. During the process the cell(s) are put in an ‘acid bath’. Through that process, scientists induce the cells’ nucleus with a new strand of DNA, reprogramming the cell making it forget the task it was mapped out to do. Once this happens the cell goes back to the state of a stem cell. It’s kind of like when a person suffers a type of head injury or trauma and are left in an amnesic state. Scientist would argue that with iPSC cells there is no longer a need for embryonic stem cells....   [tags: medicine technology, genetic engineering]
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The Study of Stem Cells - ... As says Sheng Ding, a chemist at Scripps Research Institute, "We think if you understand what the signals are that control stem cell fate--and we know there are stem cells reserved in pretty much all the tissues in adults--we can possibly develop small-molecule therapeutics or other types of therapeutics that stimulate in vivo regeneration. That [for us] would be the ultimate goal of stem cell research. We think those therapeutics will be the future of regenerative medicine, not just the stem cell" (Dalton)....   [tags: history of chemistry, genetic engineering] 888 words
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Informative Essay: Gene Therapy -    Gene therapy has become an exciting and controversial issue on the scientific and medical horizon. Science offers new technologies that, in the future, will be able to treat and cure common genetically passed diseases. However, as it is an extremely broad subject, some time must be dedicated to its interpretation and explanation. First, a general definition of gene therapy is required. Genethics, the Clash between the New Genetics and Human Values, by David T. Suzuki and Peter Knudtson, defines gene therapy as "the medical replacement or repair of defective or faulty genes in living human cells." It is not really so elementary as the definition would imply....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Cloning Customized Human Beings - Cloning Customized Human Beings Advancement in genetic engineering has always been controversial. However, never before has it sparked more interest then with the advent of Dolly, which represents the possibility that human lives could change in more than conceivable ways, upsetting the whole dynamics of procreation. Dolly is an exact genetic duplicate of a 6-year old Finn Dorset ewe made by nuclear transfer technology (cloning). Although artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization has been around for some time, cloning differs in that only the cells of one species are needed....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays] 632 words
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The Ethics of Stem Cell Research - According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), stem cells are 1 "Cells with the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture and to give rise to specialized cells." Stem cells are basically unspecialized cells that can, with proper physiologic or experimental conditions, become specialized cells. Specialized cells are usually called differentiated cells. These differentiated cells can then be used to repair damaged cells and eventually cure many diseases and disorders in humans. This could revolutionize the way society treats health issues....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Stem Cell Research Paper - ... However, if you do not use it, it just goes to waste. Why not let the fetus help save someone’s life. The second method to extract stem cells are through umbilical cords. The umbilical cord is rich with stem cells. Blood cells from the newborn baby can be used the moment it is cut off. It can also be frozen in order to preserve it for later use. These stem cells can be used on relatives or on an unrelated person in need with the same blood type. This method is very easy considering that the umbilical cord is going to be discarded of anyways....   [tags: genetic engineering and medicine] 793 words
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Designer Babies - During World War II, Adolf Hitler was determined to create a “master race” of people with white skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes. He believed people possessing these specific traits were superior over others, and that these “superior humans” should be the only people in existence. To put his beliefs into action, he enforced abolishment of those considered to be “inferior humans”, breeding of people who met his requirements, and scientific experimentation to change people’s outward appearances to his ideal....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Stem Cell Research - ... In 1902, Gottlieb Haberlandt suggests the idea of totipotency for plant cells (every cell in a mature plant has the ability to change back to embryonic form that can grow and differentiate into every cell the plant is made of). In 1909, Alexander A. Maximow predicts the existence of immature cells within bone marrow, calling them common stem cells. His hypothesis is principally rejected and disregarded for approximately 50 years. In 1928, Hans Spemann executes the first somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) experiment, relocating the nucleus of one salamander to the egg cell of another salamander without a nucleus....   [tags: genetic engineering, embryonic cells]
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Stem Cell Regulation - ... Differentiating melanocytes transfer pigment to terminally differentiated hair follicles (Nishimura et al., 2002; Tanimura et al., 2011; Rabbani et al., 2011).Hair follicle undergoes cyclical bouts of 3 phases-anagen (phase of active growth), catagen (destruction phase) and telogen (rest phase) (Hardy, 1992). HFSCs give rise to daughter stem cells which are retained in the bulge area and others form, either epidermal progenitors which migrate upwards during tissue repair or it forms hair-matrix progenitors which migrate below to form hair shaft (Niemann & Watt 2002; Oshima et al., 2001; Taylor et al....   [tags: genetic engineering and research] 626 words
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GMF and Effects on Human Health - Effects on Human Health       With the way technology has grown, especially in the field of genetic engineering, has led scientists to figure out a way to alter how food is made. This raises concerns and lot of questions regarding the methods they are using. From what possible side effects can occur to the risks it poses to everyone and everything. Unfortunately, there has been limited research and testing done. With that in mind there is not enough information available about the hazards of genetically modified foods....   [tags: genetic engineering genetically modified foods]
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Genetically Modified Crops - “Civilization rests on people’s ability to modify plants to make them more suitable as food, feed and fiber plants and all of these modifications are genetic” (American Association 1). This quote from the article “Statement by the AAAS Board of Directors On Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods” expresses that fact that humans have used the favorable genes of plants since the days of Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics. When plants exhibited a desirable trait, they were bred together so that more of the offspring would have that trait....   [tags: GM, food, genetic engineering, danger, benefits]
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Summer Hyperolympic Games - ll of the exciting moments we may remember from previous Olympic events may not compare to what looks like will be a very promising edition of the 1st annual 2080 Summer Hyperolympic Games which is set to take place in beautiful Athens, Greece this forthcoming August. Fans eagerly await the likes of genetically engineered athletes including the American, Metta Sintric, with his dolphin-like abilities in the water, Milan Gaster, the Italian, the favorite to win the men’s cycling title, as well as Dolly, the Brazilian who has been deemed the favorite to win the women’s tennis tournament....   [tags: genetic engineering, Olympic games, IOC, sport]
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The Power of Genetics - Genetics has become a leading link to understanding how our body works. By mapping out deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, scientists plan to find cures for various diseases, develop better, more efficient drugs, grow new organs, evaluate environment hazards, and eventually build a human being.      Inside of every single cell in our bodies there are 46 chromosomes that are made up of DNA. Half of your chromosomes are inherited from each parent, DNA is strung along the chromosomes. DNA is the living instructional manual found in all living organisms....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays] 3409 words
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Human Gene Patents and Human Dignity - Genetics will increasingly enable health professionals to identify, treat, and prevent the 4,000 or more genetic diseases and disorders that our species is heir to. Genetics will become central to diagnosis and treatment, especially in testing for predispositions and in therapies. By 2025, there will likely be thousands of diagnostic procedures and treatments for genetic conditions. Genetic diagnostics can detect specific diseases, such as Down’s syndrome, and behavioral predispositions, such as depression....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays] 2539 words
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Dolly and the New Age of Cloning - Dolly and the New Age of Cloning The concept of cloning is not new. Organisms ranging from microbes (for example bacteria) and animals (such as aphids and even certain species of shrimp and snails) have practiced asexual reproduction for millions of years, where the offspring are exact duplicates of the parents. It is also not uncommon to encounter identical twins among the more complex life forms like mammals. Twins are in essence clones as they share the same genetic blueprint. What then is so significant about Dolly....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
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Sex Selection and Pre-selection are Unethical - Sex Selection and Pre-selection are Unethical and Unwise It wasn't until 1975 that scientist Ronald J. Ericsson, Ph.D. began studies that eventually led to what we refer to today as sex selection and/ or pre- selection. He began his determination by studying whether or not enriched sperm would aid in the offspring of a desired gender. This process was first established in the 1970s in which scientists stained X and Y sperm in order to identify them. Thorough studies have been accumulated during the last three decades due to an increase in the perceived need for a "balanced family" and "planned pregnancy" in regards to the "chosen baby." Sex selection and/or pre-selection, despite one's pre...   [tags: Genetic Engineering Expository Essays]
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Eugenics - Eugenics, the word that got its bad reputation years ago through an event that changed history: the Holocaust. First dubbed by Francis Galton in the 1880’s, the word Eugenics stemmed from the words “good” and “generation.” (Eugenics-Meanings) Eugenics means the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population. This improvement is done through discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics); or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics)....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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The Debate Over Gene Patenting -    In June 2000, the publicly funded Human Genome Project (HGP) and the private firm Celera Genomics Inc. announced that they had completed sequencing the human genome. This unprecedented accomplishment is expected to enable doctors to diagnose, treat and even prevent numerous genetic diseases. As these two entities worked on sequencing the human genome, there was also a separate and less publicized race to patent as many human genes as possible. The patenting issue gained some attention when President Bill Clinton and Prime Minster Tony Blair jointly called for the release of raw genetic data into the public domain (CQ 405)....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
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Ian Wilmut and Cloning - Ian Wilmut and Cloning Before Dolly the cloned sheep made news headlines, the same researchers had only the year before raised seven other sheep from oocytes whose nuclei had been replaced with nuclei from either fetal or embryonic tissue.1 This created a minor stir as this is the "first report to [their] knowledge, of live mammalian offspring following nuclear transfer from an established cell line."1 The implications of this is that they have provided techniques to analyze and modify gene functions in sheep (By providing clones of the same sheep).1 The key to their success is the "serum starvation" that the donor cell undergoes, to force the donor cell into a 'quiescent' state, so that i...   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
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The Reality of Human Cloning - The Reality of Human Cloning As aptly put by Rosa Beddington, the word “clone” has become one of the most emotive of all the terms coined by scientists which have entered popular vocabulary. I shall add another, and that will be the phrase “Dolly the sheep”. The conception of Dolly, the “baby” of scientist Ian Wilmut and his team has opened the possibility of cloning humans. The mention of Dolly brings to average the person, haunting connotations of “future replicas of living megalomaniacs and the resurrected dead”....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Cloning Essays]
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Stem Cell Research - Genetically Unstable Stem Cells -   A new study of problems in cloning suggests that embryonic stem cells are "surprisingly genetically unstable" in mice and perhaps in humans as well. This "may complicate efforts to turn the cells into cures," and interfere with efforts to produce all-purpose cell lines that could reliably become tissue of any desired type. "You may have to establish hundreds of lines to get the few you'd want to have," Dr. John Gearhart of Johns Hopkins University now says. Establishing hundreds of these cell lines could require destroying many thousands of human embryos, and replenishing them with thousands more when the original cell lines become too unstable for further use....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
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We Must Stop Cloning Now! - We Must Stop Cloning Now. Did you know it took 277 tries to finally create the first mammal clone, Dolly. The process of cloning is not even close to being perfected to be used on animals or humans. It would also cause many different problems in the world if we did start cloning. We should stop this practice because it has to many flaws, it destroys individuality and uniqueness, will cause over population, and is against many religious and moral beliefs. Cloning started off with farmers cloning plants thousands of years ago in very simple ways, like cutting a plant and letting the roots combine to make another plant....   [tags: Cloning Genetic Engineering Essays] 589 words
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Stem Cells - Embryonic Stem Cells “Embryonic stem cells...are in effect, a human self-repair kit,” (Christopher Reeve, activist – Larry King show). For the advancement of science, stem cells are infinitely valuable, especially when considering all the potential applications in the field of medicine. Stem cell usage is a very controversial topic, because most people think of abortions, cloning, and other negative topics when they hear the term stem cell. However I think those thoughts are because they don’t understand what a stem cell is, where it comes from, or its monumental possibilities that could greatly benefit the medical field....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Gene Therapy - Gene Therapy Gene therapy, the process of inserting a gene into an organism to replace or repair gene function to treat a disease or genetic defect, has made headlines world wide over the past several years as the new cutting edge technique that has the potential to change the way we look at medicine and treat people. Gene therapy is a method of treating inherited diseases by inserting copies of genes into the cells of affected individuals. The current research on gene therapy has centered on targeting somatic cells, such as red blood cells and nerve cells....   [tags: Genetics Genetic Engineering Essays] 508 words
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Gene Therapy - Gene Therapy Gene therapy is the term used for the process of curing various diseases on the genetic level by injecting patients with a healthy gene so their bodies will continue to produce healthy copies of the gene rather than destructive ones. The term gene therapy and the basic notions that it entailed weren't even in researchers' vocabulary until the mid 1960's. Early endeavors to cure people via a genetic approach began in 1970 with a disease called argininemia, but proved ineffective....   [tags: Genetics Genetic Engineering] 399 words
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Cloning Humans - Cloning Humans Ian Wilmut’s foray into cloning Dolly has proved to be an appetizing entrée to mankind, with the next step being the cloning of endangered species, and eventually, humans. Although his team of researchers had qualified to the public that it is unethical to clone humans1, the very prospect of being able to replicate creatures of our own kind is nevertheless enticing. Think of all the possible benefits that make many scientists prepared to cross those ethical boundaries: Firstly, couples who have tried a long time for identical twins, triplets (or even quintuplets!) may now be able to have them by producing clones from a single embryonic cell....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Cloning Essays]
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