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.
Genetic Engineering & Gene Manipulation
Learn about genetic engineering, gene manipulation and modification acheived by molecular cloning and transformation. You’ll also find discussions on the health of genetically modified foods and the ethics behind cloning and human genetic engineering.
This history of crime is as old as the history of mankind but the methods of searching for clues and criminals have been changing over the ages. Let us see how the modern technology of genetics helps to match the crime to the criminal.
Gene therapy is a technique that introduces an altered gene into a person’s body to carry out the work of a mulfunctioning gene. The procedure aims to treat or cure diseases that have been caused by faulty genes.
The birth of Dolly the sheep completely changed the field of genetics and science as a whole. Although she died prematurely, her life left a lasting legacy.
Some believe that it’s a chance to be reunited with their dead pets. To others this kind of genetic manipulation is an abomination. A South Korean company has created the world’s first commercially cloned dog. This article looks at the science, controversy and ethics surrounding pet cloning.
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.
Biotechnology is more than genetic manipulation: in addition to work in human health and medicine, the field encompasses agriculture, bioremediation, and other disciplines.
Historically man has been using biotechnology applications for thousands of years, but the field has changed enormously in the last few centuries. What are modern biotechnologies, and how has the field evolved since ancient times?
The development of new techniques in molecular biology has allowed for increasingly sophisticated methods of developing pharmaceuticals, such as pharmacogenomics, which uses principles of human genetics and rational drug design to produce more effective drugs with fewer harmful side effects.
Ancient civilizations began domesticating crops and animals thousands of years ago. These ancient practices can be considered types of biotechnology applications, but these days agricultural techniques are much more sophisticated.
Biotechnology is a huge influence for a positive future because it plays a key role in the preservation, conservation and quality production that can enhance and improve the quality of life for all living organisms.
Creating biopharmaceuticals or “red” biotechnology applications is a long and expensive process that occurs in order to introduce a new drug into the market.
White biotechnology applications, although related to red and green applications, tend to apply more strictly to industrial uses and applications.
Biotechnology encompasses the improvement and enhancement of organisms and has four major areas of application in the scientific and environmental communities.
Biotechnology has many uses and applications in the medical and health care industries and continues to provide improvements in the field.
In olden days, chemical substances were used to enhance performance of athletes. When this was discovered, chemicals were developed to hide the performance enhancing drugs. Today genetic code has been broken, and it is possible to induct a synthetic gene which could enhance the competitive power.
The ability to research DNA and RNA in the last century gave a boost to biomedical engineering and pharmaceutical drugs. When it was found that DNA and RNA are a major part of the human body’s actions and reactions, it set off a chain of theories and research.
Mechatronics is the scientific word for the reverse engineering and/or copying of biological functions of an organism used in various appliances that today dot the landscape of living human beings.