Genetic Recombification Essay

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The art of imitation Steve Rogers, a brave and patriotic citizen, became the face of the nation during the most harrowing times of war. Yet, how can a scrawny Brooklyn teenager who stood no chance of ever surviving in active war zones survive on his fragile appearance alone? Famously known more through his alias as Captain America, the symbolism of rags to riches in physical terms is embodied best through his transformation made possible through a super serum. That serum alone was enough to drastically change his entire genetic structure, giving him the ability of super strength and agility. And though he isn’t a real figure in history, he, like many others of his kind, is classified as a superhero, or an of individual gifted with supernatural …show more content…
So what is genetic engineering? Also known as Genetic Modification, it is a process that involves manipulating and altering the genetic code of an organism through artificial means, mainly done by humans. It may sound similar to traditional breeding, but it is in fact vastly different. Traditional breeding is monitored and done over an expanded time period with “checkpoints” in between to eliminate unwanted errors that occur during that time span. In addition, it focuses on Genetic recombination, a process in which results from the “exchange of genes between paired homologous chromosomes during meiosis” and rearranges DNA sequence to give different expressions and functions of certain genes (Cooper). In addition, it also can occur between related organisms and their chromosomes, which means that the overall arrangement does not get vastly altered (Martineau;Cooper). On the other hand, genetic engineering, whether it focuses on humans or crops, is a more recently developed practice that was discovered from the creations of Stephen Cohen and Herbert Boyer in 1973, after their experiment that demonstrated the impacts of DNA recombinants; this provided a framework for the current and modern genetic engineering known today (Winstead). Genes from any organism can be inserted into a different organism at random, causing an increase in mutation and an alteration in the spacing and …show more content…
It is projected that the earth’s population will grow from 7 billion to 9.1 billion by 2050, an addition of 2.3 billion. That means that a 70% increase in food production must be implemented to sufficiently feed the growing society. An ongoing battle to defeat the growing hunger crisis is never ending, temporary solutions come and go but are often still not permanent enough. Humanitarian agencies like the UN congregate every year to discuss plans to keep the balance between the current food supply and how much availability there is to provide relief (Weisser) . With such limited resources, they are unable to meet every individual’s nutritional needs adequately. The technology of biological engineering gives scientists a pathway to manipulate the DNA of food crops to resist plaguing diseases that cripple ordinary crops and at the same time, provide the necessary nutrition at the same if not greater level, for consumption. These modifications help limit the use of toxic pesticides and fungicides, as well as minimize the damage to the environment, all the while “increasing agricultural yields” (Weisser; Pimentel D,

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