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This paper discusses how genetic engineering refers to a number of biotechnologies that are used to combine or manipulate genes or genetic material to produce new physiological traits in the organism or in the next generation. The paper then looks at how genetic engineering includes some aspects of gene therapy, stem cell research, and cloning as well. It also discusses how genetic engineering has come under fire when it has been used in the production of new foods because of the fear that these foods may have unfortunate and unforeseen consequences for the population eating those foods. In addition, the paper discusses other research that has sought to splice genes and manipulate genetic material so as to cure diseases by changing bodily characteristics to fight off the causes of disease. The paper continues with a look at the benefits of genetic engineering and concludes that The field is really in its infancy, and the possibilities are increasing by the day. Each new line of research opens new possibilities for more research tomorrow.
From the Paper:"Stem cell research is related to cloning and is also called therapeutic cloning, a term that refers to the cloning of cells the removal of stem cells from the pre-embryo in order to produce tissue or a whole organ to be transplanted back into the person who supplied the DNA. The reason for this is "to produce a healthy copy of a sick person's tissues or organ for transplant," which "would be vastly superior to relying on organ transplants from other people" ("Embryo Cloning, Adult DNA Cloning and Therapeutic Cloning" paragraph 4). For one thing, the problem of rejection is overcome in this manner without the need for specialized drugs. The supply of tissue that could be cloned is virtually unlimited, and this would eliminate waiting lists for transplants."
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