Genetic Engineering

  • New Treatments for Mitochondrial Disease

    Mitochondrial diseases are caused by inherited or acquired mutations in mitochondrial DNA or by mutations in nuclear DNA that code for mitochondrial parts. One way to overcome the problems they cause could be achieved by transplanting whole chromosomes...
    By Paul Arnold June 7, 2010 

  • Genetic Engineering Good or Bad: An Objective Analysis

    Is genetic engineering good or bad? This is a question heavily debated throughout the science community. Before you form an opinion, read this objective analysis to learn about the pros and cons of genetic engineering.
    By R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen February 28, 2010 

  • Concerns Over Therapeutic Cloning

    Therapeutic Cloning, or somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), is a somewhat controversial procedure that has been used to help heal and cure people. There are limitations to its widespread use, however. Some of the reasons are outlined here.
    By Paul Arnold January 31, 2010 


  • Genetic Manipulation of Longevity in Yeast

    Scientists working on yeast have identified a way to make the microorganism live to the equivalent of 800 human years. This research may open up ways for scientists to extend the life span of human beings as well.
    By Jason C. Chavis January 31, 2010 

  • Bacteria that Do Us Good

    Bacteria are not always the bad guys. There are a lot of bacteria that can do us the power of good. Read on to find out more.
    By Rafael December 27, 2009 

  • Gene Therapy Facts

    A faulty gene produces abnormal protein or no protein at all to cause disease. The treatment? Replace the bad gene with a good one. Simple in concept, harder in practice. Find out more about this fascinating technology with some key gene therapy facts...
    By Paul Arnold December 20, 2009 


  • Genetic Engineering: A Look At Knockout Mice

    Knockout mice are an invaluable research tool. They have played important roles in the study of many human illnesses and disorders including obesity, heart disease, and a range of cancers. But what are they and how do they help scientists unravel the...
    By Paul Arnold December 4, 2009 

  • A Knockout Blow for Knockout Mice?

    Knockout mice have taken the lab limelight for a number of years and contributed to great swathes of knowledge about human diseases. But they could be pushed aside by the creation of a knockout lab rat without a functioning immune system.
    By Paul Arnold December 4, 2009 

  • Why Are Scientists Creating Genetically Engineered Animals?

    The purpose of genetically engineered animals is to create animals with special characteristics. While there are obvious medical and scientific benefits, there are concerns about the ethical aspects of such experimentation and possible environmental side...
    By Sonal Panse December 4, 2009 

  • Gene Treatment for Deafness?

    Scientists have moved a big step closer to using genetic engineering to restore hearing to the deaf. A therapy is not round the corner just yet but the advance in understanding from this new research is significant.
    By Paul Arnold November 25, 2009 
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