Glow in the Dark Cats By: Ethan Jekel

  • Name: Glow in the Dark Cat.
  • Description: The substance that makes the cat glow is a version of the green fluorescent protein that lights up the crystal jelly, a type of jellyfish that lives off the West Coast of the United States.
  • Explanation: scientists realized that the gene for GFP is a perfect marker when they insert another new gene into an organism. By inserting a version of GFP along with their gene of choice, they can see if they were successful because the organism would glow. Since the technique was first developed, researchers have made many glowing animals, including pigs, mice, dogs, even fish you can buy in the pet store.

Pros of GMOs

  1. Insect resistance: More crops available at the end of the harvest because less were destroyed.
  2. Environmental protection: Uses less greenhouse gases and pollutants
  3. More nutritious food: Places vitamins and proteins in foods that we weren't getting before by eating the same food.
  4. Helps learn about diseases: The cats allow doctors to see AIDS genes within the cats and how well the cat fights it.

Cons of GMOs

  1. Allergic Reactions: People could be allergic to types of things and when the genes of that organism are placed into a organism they aren't allergic to they could still have a reaction.
  2. Decreased antibiotic efficacy: Many GMOs have antibiotic traits built into them so when we eat them it's in our systems which can make vaccines and antibiotics less effective on us.
  3. Gene transfer: The modified ones could escape and spread the unnatural gene to the rest of the species a then there aren't any pure organisms of that species anymore.
  4. Unethical. Wrong, immoral, and inhuman to modify animals and plants for our benefit.:


I believe that GMOs are okay because the benefits out weigh the harms. Without GMOs many of our foods today wouldn't be around, we wouldn't be as healthy, there could possibly be food shortages, and it helps the environment. It even helps the organisms sometimes. Many say it's unnatural but it's a real organisms gene put into a real organisms DNA. GMOs, such as the cat from the beginning, even help scientists to battle AIDS.



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