Genetic Engineering

Genetic Engineering is the act of modifying an organism or material to change its genes in some kind of way. Because of genetic engineering, many of the things I'll be talking about are now possible.

The concept of genetic engineering has been around since around 12,000 B.C. when people started domesticating organisms. Since the 1980s, people have discovered new ways how genetic engineering can have an impact on us.

Though GMO foods have a reputation of being bad for you, new methods are being discovered all the time, and in the future, GMO foods will be close to, or even completely safe for you and the environment.

A type of genes were created called fat-sharing genes. When these genes were added to mice, they were able to run over 2 times faster than other mice, and were able to lose more weight more efficiently. In the future, scientists hope to experiment these genes on people.

For example, some mosquitoes carry a disease called malaria, and due to mosquitoes being so widespread, about half of the world is at risk of getting it. Removing the genes that cause mosquitoes to have malaria from enough mosquitoes can have a huge impact on removing the disease.

If you think about it, we've made so many advancements to genetic engineering in a short amount of time, so I'm hopeful that in the future, many worldwide issues will be solved due to genetic engineering.


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