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Genetic engineering is the alteration of genetic code by artificial means, and is therefore different from traditional selective breeding.

Genetic engineering examples include taking the gene that programs poison in the tail of a scorpion, and combining it with a cabbage.  These genetically modified cabbages kill caterpillers because they have learned to grow scorpion poison (insecticide) in their sap.

Genetic engineering also includes insertion of human genes into sheep so that they secrete alpha-1 antitrypsin in their milk - a useful substance in treating some cases of lung disease.

Genetic engineering has created a chicken with four legs and no wings.

Genetic engineering has created a goat with spider genes that creates "silk" in its milk.

Genetic engineering works because there is one language of life:  human genes work in bacteria, monkey genes work in mice and earthworms.  Tree genes work in bananas and frog genes work in rice.  There is no limit in theory to the potential of genetic engineering.

Genetic engineering has given us the power to alter the very basis of life on earth.

Genetic engineering has been said to be no different than ancient breeding methods but this is untrue.  For a start, breeding or cross-breeding, or in-breeding (for example to make pedigree dogs) all work by using the same species. In contrast genetic engineering allows us to combine fish, mouse, human and insect genes in the same person or animal.

Genetic engineering therefore has few limits - except our imagination, and our moral or ethical code.

Genetic engineering makes the whole digital revolution look nothing.  Digital technology changes what we do.  Genetic engineering has the power to change who we are.

Human cloning is a type of genetic engineering, but is not the same as true genetic manipulation.  In human cloning, the aim is to duplicate the genes of an existing person so that an identical set is inside a human egg.  The result is intended to be a cloned twin, perhaps of a dead child.  Genetic engineering in its fullest form would result in the child produced having unique genes - as a result of laboratory interference, and therefore the child will not be an identikit twin.

Genetic engineering could create crops that grow in desert heat, or without fertiliser.  Genetic engineering could make bananas or other fruit which contain vaccines or other medical products.

Genetic engineering will alter the basis of life on earth - permanently - unless controlled.  This could happen if - say - mutant viruses, or bacteria, or fish or reptiles are released into the general environment.

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Captain K-Baby Jr. VIII
November 05, 2013 - 17:06

dear sir,
i am 14 yaers old and reading in 8th closs in india. i like to persue diploma in genetic engineering within india or outside india immediatley after passing 10th class. please guide me in this regard.
Captain K-Baby Jr. VIII

kalaiarasi
March 23, 2013 - 06:25

which colleage in india is best for geneticengineering

priya
March 19, 2013 - 06:16

sir , i'm studying 12th standard i want to know what are the important subjects for bio technology/

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PradeeP Sirohi
April 06, 2013 - 04:35

hlo priya

if u r interested to go to the research field, i suggest to try in the field of nanotechnology. biotechnology itself a subject containing genetic engineering, stem cells technique, cloning, fingerprinting etc.

jess
February 28, 2013 - 20:50

Dear sir, I wann more informatio...???

thank you...

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Patrick Dixon
March 01, 2013 - 01:16

Thanks - what kind of information do you need? Is this for a project of some kind?

WHY?!?!
December 17, 2012 - 10:31

wow you people are crazy!?!?!

abadai
November 26, 2012 - 03:16

heey

Ephraim
September 25, 2012 - 21:19
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As much as I think we need change, ainyhtng involving government change isn't going to happen (lobbyists, money, corruption, etc.). It's going to take social change, and whatever the answer is it can't involve higher prices or harder to find quantities. Unfortunately, it may take a disaster of some sorts to move social practice.

faafouina fruean
September 19, 2012 - 21:16

hey ! how does genetic engeering work ?

Tracie
August 20, 2012 - 07:08
BRCA1 gene

Was this created? How did I get it? Genetics from mom or something invented by scentists?

frens for all
June 02, 2012 - 05:57
my openion

I m a student and i am reading in grade ten. I m worried about my future soooooooo i m thinking to know about this so that i can go in this related field and i must say its favoulous and interesting subject to learn :p

Reply to frens for all
serah
November 30, 2012 - 02:56

yeah im in grade ten too , and im really interested in this subject ! it suits my abilities , but i heard that it needs a lot of time to learn ( about ten years ) :( is that true ?moreover i just want to know where is the best place to learn it , and where can we find jobs for it :)

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Patrick Dixon
December 01, 2012 - 14:44

You need to study science in High School and at College, then specialise in biotech.

astipack
May 28, 2012 - 06:15
genitic engeneering

give me an importance and advantages of genitic engeneering

No name
May 24, 2012 - 22:36
English

Researching Gatticca, this helped me with understanding more about the film. :)

e-e
March 14, 2012 - 11:42
2012 not the end

It wont be the end of the world. I know the math. when Ceaser made leap years there was a extra day every four years. so when I found how many leap years there where so far i found that the end would have been 7 months ago.

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kimmy n
April 18, 2012 - 05:42
Re: 2012 not the end

agree

Charlotte
March 08, 2012 - 04:49
even though

if d world ends in 2012 or nt check ur life r u livin rite.genetic engineerin is cool bt God had a reason 4 its discovery

Reply to Charlotte
sdsfsd
May 01, 2012 - 00:15
Re: even though

this is science we're talking about, please, talk about something that's real

Reply to Charlotte
tom webster
May 28, 2012 - 06:58
Re: even though

learn how to use proper grammar

xettymalix
February 23, 2012 - 13:47
my opinion

this guy tells us about an awkward lifestyle of future humans

colton
February 23, 2012 - 08:28
duh

hahahahahahahahahahahhaha

Shawn Samuel Klaasen
January 05, 2012 - 14:03
GE

This is pretty interesting stuff!

Gonrao
December 06, 2011 - 16:25
Genetics

Heeey! Im wondering if I can get my genetics rearranged so I could fly.

Ryley
September 26, 2011 - 15:19

Hey what's up

tsegsis
July 15, 2011 - 03:24
Risk...?

how about its risky?

saroj
July 05, 2011 - 23:21
about genetic engineering

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Femalex
June 27, 2011 - 13:52
Hi

Hello I am a student studying animal care and I need to know information about genetic engineering in dogs. I need to know how it is done and why. can someone please send information to my email x

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Mohammad Ayoub
July 07, 2011 - 01:06
Re: Hi

ear sir
it is posible in all kinds of animals without exception and it can done by an expert DVM because of to improve it.

janette
June 22, 2011 - 20:39

what's this??

Meseret
May 24, 2011 - 11:12
10Q

10Q for this interesting site.

tobikesty
April 18, 2011 - 06:23

"Always love like you've never been hurt because every 60 seconds you spend angry or upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back"

unknown
March 09, 2011 - 08:58

you guys seriously need to get a life, ur arguing over genetic enginerring.. wow.

Reply to unknown
jenp
March 16, 2011 - 08:56
ha! you make me laugh

your a funny guy

Reply to unknown
CheeseMe
December 21, 2011 - 11:38

Well, genetic engineering is a very controversial subject. it branches from engineering a chicken to have more muscle to actually cloning animals and HUMANS. Some think its right, some think its wrong. How would you NOT argue that?

cat kid
March 03, 2011 - 12:54
cats

modify cat dna??

Allison Anderson :D
March 03, 2011 - 07:44
My opinion about genetic engineering

I think genetic engeneering would be good if we could use it with some limits... For example I'd avoid to clone humans or animals, there is a danger that we can change the delicate balance of the environment!

Reply to Allison Anderson :D
unknown
June 02, 2012 - 05:49
Re: My opinion about genetic engineering

yepi agree you:)

Abuhena
March 02, 2011 - 19:17
answer

MY NAME IS ABUHENAAND IAM 21 OF AGE.I STAY IN ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY OF KUSHTIA IN BANGLADESH..IAM A SCIENCE STUDENT AND I REALLY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT IS GENETICS ENGINEERING AND CLONING. IT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT IF YOU COULD SEND SOME INFOMATION ON MY EMAIL ADDRESS. THANK YOU.

Reply to Abuhena
Cow
December 06, 2011 - 16:21
Re: answer

It is the science involving genes,the most powerful force known to man.

Megan
February 28, 2011 - 16:17

They ask you to comment on their paragraph over genetic engineering. NOT have random conversations on here about stupid stuff!!! They have other cites you can do that on!!!

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charlie outhwaite
March 08, 2012 - 07:05
Re: Need some assistance

naa ur a terd

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prosper nevile
March 11, 2012 - 12:40
Information

Hi what's up
About genetic engineering try look on Campbell text book 7th edition

sanu
February 23, 2011 - 11:20
science

it doesnot help me!!!

Matthew DeJong
February 23, 2011 - 08:37

Ima be a scientist one day and pwn teh epicness

kajal
February 20, 2011 - 09:10

it is really interesting

MUZI CLEARENCE MBEBE
February 17, 2011 - 09:52
REPLY MUZI

THIS WEBSITE HAS HELPED ME TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT GINETIC ENGINEERING

the girl next door
February 08, 2011 - 20:34
dont have a subject

kk.. now say:
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Bartholomew c
February 01, 2011 - 03:45
Yes

I is very interesting.

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January 20, 2011 - 18:28

hi to you too, this website really helped me with my science work. thanks!

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January 18, 2011 - 04:40

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January 15, 2011 - 03:52

i love genetic engeneering and want some help to make my future on this grand subject

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December 29, 2010 - 16:57
GM

I wnted to know which islands supported GM?

me
December 08, 2010 - 16:20
genitic enginering

i like the sight and i think it is helpful for my project on Genetic Enginering. thank u it is one thing that will make me closer to the end of my project.

yama
December 08, 2010 - 15:04
Genitic enginering

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December 01, 2010 - 11:28

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Sarah
November 29, 2010 - 20:19

Im in the 10 grade and we have to do a really detailed essay on this, stem cell research, cloning, and agricultural biotechnology...this has helped

OWUSUAA 4rm GHANA
November 26, 2010 - 04:01
genetic engineering

i really think this should be abolished because it does not allow each of the 2 genetically modified organisms to be unique 2 function to its full potential. What do you think? KRISHTICA i suggest you goggle everything you need about genetic engineering & you'll find it.

carol walton
November 15, 2010 - 14:11
Genetic Engineering

WHAT IS GENETIC ENGINEERING? AND WHAT IS THE IMPROTANT ABOUT GENETIC ENGINEERING?

THANKS

look out blow
November 09, 2010 - 13:56
hi

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Mitocondria Planterium
November 08, 2010 - 15:20
I dont aprove

I DO NOT APROVE!

Reply to Mitocondria Planterium
hello mitocondria planterium
November 29, 2010 - 06:45
Re: I dont aprove

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tam
November 29, 2010 - 12:44
Re: I dont aprove

why but they are also helping cure diseases

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pimpswag
October 29, 2012 - 23:58
Re: I dont aprove

SAME HERE BRO! :) i am totally agaisnt this...

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November 08, 2010 - 02:51
ordinary blood

how can u prevent bood in genetic scientist?
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school cool
November 03, 2010 - 17:01
good

hi im saying that this website has a lot of good clues!!!!!!!!!!!

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boffin boi
November 29, 2010 - 06:46
Re: good

i totally agree

school cool
November 03, 2010 - 17:01
good

hi im saying that this website has a lot of good clues!!!!!!!!!!!

fagio
November 02, 2010 - 08:42
idiots

world ends soon

Stephaniee Denisee
November 01, 2010 - 12:24
PLEASE REPLY BEFORE FRIDAYY

I NEED MORE INFO ON GENETIC ENGINEERING BEFOE FRIDAYY BECAUSE IM DOING A REALLY BIG PROJECT ON THIS tHANXX

Daisy
October 13, 2010 - 09:03

thanks you this helped me a lot with my science project thanks you

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November 14, 2010 - 09:14

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jayquan
December 02, 2010 - 12:37

thanks alot it really help

yea
September 28, 2010 - 10:12
ummm

hello people this is fake and stupid........you have to be a complete idiot to believe this

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Seriously
November 01, 2010 - 22:02
Re: ummm

You must be an idiot if you think this is fake...do some research

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brooklyn
November 03, 2010 - 07:11
girl stop

ummmm.... you might wanna go home and look in the mirror before you start calling people an idiot...unless your ugly butt broke em all. if you dont like genetics then why in the heck are you on this site. get a life, a job, and a man!!!!!

Reply to yea
vhfsgdsfg
November 09, 2010 - 12:24
Re: ummm

hahahahahah more like your the idiot, idiot

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someone
February 21, 2011 - 11:06
Re: ummm

No its real

faggie-waggie
September 09, 2010 - 13:12
thanks

nice info you helped me on my science courswork big time man :::::)))))) thanks alot its good information and i hope to get some nice grades ::PP

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Adam the cool
March 12, 2012 - 08:41
Re: thanks

this is a lolz :)

Babel Fish
August 23, 2010 - 05:20
Nice..

Cool info. It helped me heaps with my science assignment :/

Jude Onovo
August 19, 2010 - 17:06
science

i Am 21 year Old and will be happy if i am giving the opportunity of studying genetic mutation and engineering in any school in your country in form of scholarship. i dont mind working for your country after i am trained. i am a science student and am too inquisitive for discoveries. Jude from Nigeria

Reply to Jude Onovo
Jennifer Sullivan
December 03, 2010 - 13:33
Re: science

Excuse me, but you must not be in a religious position if you believe that this is correct. "You do not mind working in our country"? Well perhaps we do not want you to work in our country if you are morally and spiritually incorrect and will help in the destruction in our country. Genetic mutation is exactly how it sounds. A mutation. It is not a "beautiful creation" or any of that misunderstanding bull. It is a game that scientists play in order to get their little awards. God did not create these things this way. They are what they are for a reason. Ever heard the phrase "science only goes so far and then comes God"? Science can only go so far in its limitations before they hit a brick wall. God created those animals to be the way that He functional them to be, not puppets of scientist.

Reply to Jude Onovo
Liam Bell
January 29, 2011 - 10:43
Re: science

Well Jenifer if you really believe in god then maybe should believe that he will not let GM happen and get on with your life instead of sitting at your computer trying to start arguments with sceince students

Reply to Jude Onovo
John
May 15, 2012 - 12:51
Re: science

Thats not even a religious stand point, you put a poitical view then put God into it. That whole statement honestly made no sense? I don't mind people from other countries coming to America to study and learn. Even though we might have one of the worst education systems in the world (not counting 3rd world countries) but im actually Flattered that someone from another country would want to study here. And! as a side note, Einstien was not from America. (By the way I'm a Junior in high school)

anonymous
July 09, 2010 - 03:42
hi joe blow

hello

nakita
July 05, 2010 - 05:28
my information

so far it seems u can only "trade" parts to different species, i haven't seen any yet that shows creating something 'different' as taking venom from a scorpion or silk from a spider thats all being traded over while none has been added

almost like were given the alphabet and premade words as its going to be hard to make our own letters

oh by the way;;;;;
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Nakita
July 05, 2010 - 05:27
my information

so far it seems u can only "trade" parts to different species, i haven't seen any yet that shows creating something 'different' as taking venom from a scorpion or silk from a spider thats all being traded over while none has been added

almost like were given the alphabet and premade words as its going to be hard to make our own letters

Reply to Nakita
McGucas
December 10, 2010 - 14:35
Re: my information

Hey i understand what you are saying but by trading those traits and by doing this we will have the same organism but it will be more enhanced and it will screw up the food chain in our ecosytem

myself
July 05, 2010 - 05:26
heeeeey

heeeey jow blow you okay? genetic engerneering is cooool, abit like; charlotte,mitch&ofc Myself :)
Ta Ta For Now :'D

Jakier
June 29, 2010 - 08:49
hello

im black, and i want to know why my kids turned out white, can u please explain with your genetic engeneering. please reply soon, thank you.

shakti pal singh
June 20, 2010 - 09:36
diploma in genetic engg

dear sir,
i am 14 yaers old and reading in 8th closs in india. i like to persue diploma in genetic engineering within india or outside india immediatley after passing 10th class. please guide me in this regard.
shaktipal

matt
May 28, 2010 - 12:22
yes

absolutely

Reply to matt
jimmy
July 14, 2010 - 05:53
Re: yes

i disagree i dont think the world is going to end in 2012

daniel harvey
May 25, 2010 - 08:37
oh

it is all wrong end world 2012

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brooklyn
November 03, 2010 - 07:16
dumbash

um, you dont know what your talking about. the world is not going to end in 2012!!!!! and even if it does, so what???? the worlds going to hell and ima b the one driving the bus!!! get used to it or dont comment shiz like that.

zach
May 17, 2010 - 17:24
neet

so far it seems u can only "trade" parts to different species, i haven't seen any yet that shows creating something 'different' as taking venom from a scorpion or silk from a spider thats all being traded over while none has been added

almost like were given the alphabet and premade words as its going to be hard to make our own letters

krishtika pillay
May 04, 2010 - 19:39
REPLY SOON

MY NAME IS KRISHTIKA PILLAY AND IAM 16 OF AGE.I STAY IN LAUTOKA IN FIJI ISLANDS.IAM A SCIENCE STUDENT AND I REALLY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT IS GENETICS ENGINEERING AND CLONING. IT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT IF YOU COULD SEND SOME INFOMATION ON MY EMAIL ADDRESS. THANK YOU.

Reply to krishtika pillay
liam foster
November 29, 2010 - 06:44
Re: REPLY SOON

i dont have a clue

Reply to krishtika pillay
pratik_pandor9@yahoo.com
February 28, 2013 - 20:46

yaah...

I will try to find some kind of information than, I will send you.
thank you.

Reply to krishtika pillay
Patrick Dixon
March 01, 2013 - 01:15

What would you like to learn more about? And what for? College project? School project?

joe blow
August 27, 2008 - 21:04
hi

hi

Reply to joe blow
Ashle001
February 21, 2011 - 11:07
Re: hi

Hello

Reply to joe blow
colton abell
February 23, 2012 - 08:27
Re: hi

hahahahaha

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