Genetic Engineering

  • Genetically Engineered Foods

    Some scientists tout the genetic engineering of food to be the answer to feeding the world's growing population. Others question the ethical aspects of genetic engineering. There are many benefits of genetic engineering and there are many pitfalls...
    By Sonal Panse November 20, 2009 

  • What Animals Have Been Cloned?

    Animal cloning no longer makes any big headlines as the technology has lost its novelty factor. Although still technically difficult, many animals have now been cloned by scientists, including sheep, pigs, cats, and horses.
    By Paul Arnold November 20, 2009 

  • Targeting Transcription Factors For Gene Therapy

    Transcription factors are proteins involved in genetic regulation. Find out in this article how gene therapy can target these proteins to cure genetic illnesses and disorders.
    By J.Sace November 17, 2009 


  • Gene Therapy for Burkitt's Lymphoma

    Burkitt's lymphoma is a particularly aggressive and virulent form of B-cell lymphoma, where tumours can sometimes double in size in 24 hours. However, despite this it is one of the most treatable and curable lymphomas. Further research may one day...
    By Paul Arnold November 14, 2009 

  • DNA Scissors: The Future of Human Gene Therapy?

    There's a big buzz in biology about a group of proteins called zinc finger nucleases. A pretty exotic name for sure, but potentially they have the power to boost gene therapy success rates, and cure some pretty nasty diseases and genetic disorders...
    By Paul Arnold November 6, 2009 

  • Gene Therapy Cure for Blindness

    Gene therapy is enjoying some success with treating diseases that cause blindness. Successful trials have taken place that have restored vision to blind individuals.
    By Paul Arnold October 25, 2009 


  • The Downside of Human Genetic Engineering

    Human genetic engineering has the power to shape the future of the human race. This second part of a two-part series focuses on human genetic engineering cons -- the downside to this branch of science.
    By Paul Arnold October 14, 2009 

  • Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)

    Green Fluorescent Protein is found in the jellyfish Aequoria victoria. No one quite knows the purpose of the protein in jellyfish, but it certainly has plenty of uses in biological research. Using GFP as a genetic marker, researchers are able to study...
    By Sonal Panse October 4, 2009 

  • Big Moments in Cloning History

    Cloning has been one of the biggest biological stories of the last 100 years. There haven't been any human clones yet, although human embryos have been cloned. But cows, dogs, cats, pigs, sheep have all had clones created. The technology has a long...
    By Paul Arnold October 3, 2009 

  • Genetic Engineering to Boost Enzyme Reactions

    Enzymes are the superheroes of biology and chemistry. They can start and speed up reactions, and nearly all are proteins. Enzymes catalyze chemical reactions and genetic engineering technology can give them a little boost to make them even more powerful...
    By Paul Arnold September 30, 2009 
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