The Pros And Cons Of Genes

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If you know anything about modern genetics, then you should know that these nifty little segments of DNA, called genes, tell your body what to do and when to do it. For years scientist have been trying to figure out a way to manipulate these genes and modify them to achieve a desired effect in an organism, such as giving a mouse the ability to go longer periods without food, while eliminating the risk for undesirable mutations, like cancer. Genetically modified organisms such as mice have been altered at the genetic level to produce a desired effect like completely healing a recently cut off toe or increasing speed and intelligence so they are naturally faster smarter and stronger than the average mouse in an attempt to replicate these results …show more content…
One way to do it for example, if somebody wanted you to give them a fully functioning monkeys tail you would need to isolate the gene that makes a monkey tail and then introduce the foreign genes into the body of a person using a gun that fires gold particles covered in DNA into the human genome. The gold particle gene gun does not work every time and usually needs to be used multiple times, this is because the DNA on the gold particles doesnt always find its way into the …show more content…
Farmers have also manipulated the genes of soybeans so that it produces a high level of an acid that could lower LDL cholesterol or what people think is bad cholesterol, that acid is found in olive oil and is called oleic acid. Apples are another recently genetically modified food that have had enzymes taken out so that the apples do not turn brown for a couple weeks after you slice one open, so you can worry less about your apple supply turning stale. Designer plants, these are plants that you get to design yourself, this would add a whole new level of customization to your home, you could make whatever color flowers you want in your home or garden, you could design a colossal fast growing tree so that way you wouldnt die before it finished growing. These genetically modified foods and plants are not without their health concerns though, the crops modified to be resistant to herbicides and pesticides could be toxic because more herbicides and pesticides are used around them than normal crops, even the designer plants could be potentially dangerous, what if you accidentally created an

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