Genetically Modified Bacteri The World 's Hunger And Malnutrition Problems

2048 Words Mar 24th, 2016 9 Pages
Genetically modified bacteria can benefit society in many ways. “Genetically-modified foods have the potential to solve many of the world’s hunger and malnutrition problems” (Pandey, A.). This paper will show how modified bacteria is beneficial through nutrients in food, resistance towards drought and chemicals used on plants, and uses for pharmaceuticals.

First, there needs to be an understanding of how genetically modified bacteria works. Genetically modified crops start off with bacteria that has been modified to create new, enhanced products. Bacteria is known for its quick speed at replicating itself which allows it to be easily manipulated in terms of what is wanted to be expressed. A clone population of that bacteria can be produced in a short period of time, and can isolate its DNA by lysing the cell. Recombinant DNA of a specific gene is modified and reincorporated back into the organism 's genome, allowing there to be changes. “Foreign DNA is integrated through natural systems present in plant cells into the plant’s genome” (Pandey, A.). The genome of the organism that is being modified expresses the genes that have been inserted, but the expressed genes have an unpredictable outcome. A bacteria that is most commonly used to test out theories is E.coli. To stop the modified bacteria from running wild, scientists are trying to tame it with E.coli. They’ve stated that the secret to taming E.coli is by making the microbes very dependent on foods that are…

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