Advancement in gene technology

Topics: Biosphere

Advanced technology has made its way through centuries for electronic, vehicles, and medical. People have wanted to clone humans and animals to cure disease. We can change patient’s organs and extend their life span. Remember the movie Jurassic Park were they pulled DNA from a mosquito and was able to clone dinosaur. The things we can do in today’s day in age. I always thought that natural was the best way to go.

Gene therapy is taking a broken gene and undoing the damage done to it.

Rick Lewis stated in this article I read that that after a big setback in gene therapy, scientists feel that now it is time to put gene therapy into the clinics. During some clinical trials they have introduced good DNA to people with certain types of cancers of the blood, genetic blindness and hemophilia.

Advancement in gene technology has enabled scientist to alter or modify a gene. For many years genomes of plants and animals have been alter for enhanced nutritional values.

Farmers and scientist can integrate new genes from one species into a different species through genetic engineering to change its genetic makeup to make the product fit the need.

Plant breeding is an art and science of changing the traits of plant to produce desired characteristics. People whom plant breed can grow advanced variation of different species faster. It begins with gene mapping, then followed by polymerase chain reaction, PCR. The most benefits are organisms that have been subject to genetic modification includes the different types of bacteria in the soil.

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Genetic modification is a huge controversy around the country. Some countries are more accepting. According to the (GMO FREE GAZETTE, 2015) GMO-free Gazette, Brazil is the second country to produce modify crop. In 2014 total are of genetically modified crop was 42.2 million. Despite Brazilian public being apprehensive regarding the growth of genetically modified crops, the country is still the second largest producer of crops, backed by the country’s national agricultural institute. Here in the United States we have embraced the growth of modified crop with over 90% of cotton, corn and soybean produced.

The first modified food was the Flavr Savr tomato, which is a tomato. This was approved by the FDA in 1994 and didn’t require it to have a label stating that it has been modified. It was developed by Celgene, the idea was for the tomato to have a long shelf life by inserting a antisense that delayed ripening.

The first modified plant was tobacco, it was produced in 1982 but the first trail was in France and then the United States in 1986. In 1987 Marc Montagu and Jeff Schell were the first to engineer a tobacco plant without attracting insects. It produced a protein from Bacillus thuringiensis. The France spray there tobacco fields with bromoxynil to help the tobacco to survive. In 2012 pharmaceutical companies used the tobaccoplant for Gaucher’s disease for treatment because it produce therapeutic antibodies.

In our textbook (Cecie Starr, 2010, 2013) states that some people are concerned that because we are human as we progress with gene therapy we won’t know when to stop and it will get out of control, possibly creating damage to ourselves and to the biosphere. Not everyone will have the same beliefs for genetic technology and its advances. Some will have no moral issues with the testing while others find it morally wrong to interject with Gods plan. Some will think that it is like playing Russian roulette. Everyone has their own set of morals or ethics. Ethics is described as a set moral principle or simply put the way one person feels about what is right and what is wrong. We are taught this as we grow up.

There hasn’t been any reports of illness in humans from eating genetically modified foods. Labeling is required in most countries, the United States Food and Drug Administration does not require labeling. Now the federal government recently passed a law that has the Food and Drug Administration to have labels.

In 1982 my brother was diagnose with Pneumococcal Meningitis at the age of 9 years old. Back then this disease was new and they were still working on was to cure pneumonia. Pneumococcal Meningitis is cause by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria invading your bloodstream and cross the blood brain barrier and double within the fluid surrounding the spine and brain. My brother started off with a fever, cough, congestion, chills, vomiting and weakness. All my mother knew was to put him in the tub to bring down the fever and give him Tylenol. When he began to vomit, it was time to call 911. After getting to the hospital and examined he was pronounced dead. Later is when they found out what the disease was. I wish there was gene therapy back then or technology to understand the disease we have now he would have lived a long life. I am all for genetic modification as long as it is tested before use. I see it as a fascinating way to heal the world and all the things in it.

I watch so many medical show that doctor participate in genetic modification that are very intriguing. For example on Grey Anatomy, Dr Grey wanted to replicate a process to have patient to have mini organ, specifically for alcoholics whose livers quit and they’re ineligible for transplant. They tested it on many rats for week and it final work.

Once the scientists have more backing and approval from the government they can have some substantial data and testing done. If the opposing public can see the numbers of how many women were saved from breast cancer then I think they would have a different outlook on gene therapy.

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