What is Human Genetics? - Video

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Human genetics is the use of genetics to change people, or to study inheritance, alteration of human genetic code by artificial means etc.

Human genetics means being able to predict who has genetic abnormalities.

An example of human genetics is 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.

Human genetics has created a rabbit-human hybrid by combining balls of human and rabbit cells shortly after fertilisation.

Human genetics has created a salmon fish that has human genes and grows to 4 times normal length in a year.

Human genetics 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 human genetics.

Human genetics has given us the power to alter the very basis of life on earth.

Human genetics in making babies has been said to be no different than ancient breeding methods but this is untrue. Human genetics allows us to search and destroy embryos and fetuses whose genes are less than optimal (very controversial) and also add genes to those unborn to seek to improve them.

Human genetics therefore has few limits - except our imagination, and our moral or ethical code.

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

Human cloning is a type of human genetics, 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. Human genetics 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.

Human genetics could create people with enhanced intelligence or athletic capability.

Human genetics will alter the basis of life on earth - permanently - unless controlled.

Summary written May 2004, updated 2011.

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Holly Folks
February 14, 2016 - 16:23

I do not like the idea that rat genes could be used in salmon I eat. I do not want any part of a rat, even it is just chromosomes, in anything I eat. I also am skeptical on how we do not know exactly what each gene code does, and we do not need to know what each gene code does. What if a gene code triggers something bad in another organism? I think there needs to be much more research done before we start using this technique.

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