Emily Wright


advances in genetics

Genetics is is the study of heredity. which is the process in which parents pass certain genes to their children, every child gets different genes from different parents. Genes are what give people physical traits like, eye color, hair color and skin color.

but... genetic engineering is being used to make things better and more environmentally friendly and just really cool!

Glow in the dark cats!

it sounds like science fiction but there is such a thing as glow in the dark cats! South Korean scientist took DNA of  a cat and altered it so that it glowed in the dark, and took its DNA and made others. They did it by taking skin cells from Turkish Angora female cats and used a virus to insert genetic instructions for making  fluorescent protein.  When the lights go out the cat glows!

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/photos/12-bizarre-examples-of-genetic-engineering/glow-in-the-dark#ixzz3aswS1YDD

Venomous cabbage!

scientists have made cabbages that actually have venom in them. They took the gene that makes the venom in a scorpions tail and found a way to combine it with the genes of a cabbage. The venom in the cabbage in not poisonous to people but it works as an environmentally friendly pesticide that kills the caterpillars that eat cabbages.    

Banana vaccine

People may start getting vaccinated by eating banana! Scientists have been able to genetically engineer bananas, potatoes, lettuce, carrots and tobacco to prevent diseases like hepatitis B and cholera. Scientist inject altered forms of viruses into the sapling it automatically becomes part of the plants genetic makeup and it grows fruit that makes virus proteins.

science can do some really crazy stuff by changing the genetic makeup of something and making something completely different.     

Although there is some controversy over this it could improve life as we know it by making things more advanced. Altering living things genetic code could have some health risks and people could engineer things to make them more dangerous or deadly. if altering something's genetic code  goes wrong it could potently kill it or cause major health problems and deformities.     

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/photos/12-bizarre-examples-of-genetic-engineering/banana-vaccines#ixzz3bG3XLlbh

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Those kittens are so cute! :)

2 years ago

I want a glow in the dark cat!😸

2 years ago

any controversy? pros and cons?

2 years ago

The glow in the dark cat is so cool! I wish my cat was like that. 🐱