Genetic Engineering

  • Human Genetic Engineering: The First Genetically Altered Babies

    Though most would find it hard to accept that the existence of genetically altered babies is no longer a dream of sci-fi novels and TV shows, the reality is undeniable. Almost 30 genetically altered babies were born in the US at several facilities, of...
    By Balachandar Radhakrishnan August 31, 2009 

  • Understanding Genetics: Gene Regulatory Networks

    This article takes a look at how gene regulatory networks function. Gene regulatory networks control mRNA transcription from DNA and the subsequent production of proteins. They oversee cellular functions and development. They are the reason why a biological...
    By Sonal Panse August 30, 2009 

  • The Scientific Problems of Knockout Mice

    Since their creation in 1989, knockout mice have become invaluable tools for researchers tying to find out the functions of genes. But as good they are, there are limitations with using these genetically engineered animals.
    By Paul Arnold August 23, 2009 

  • Meet Ruppy: The Transgenic Puppy That Glows Red

    Ruppy is the world's first transgenic dog and was created by a team of scientists from Seoul National University in South Korea. Her name is short for Ruby Puppy, and she and her four siblings all express a fluorescent protein which glows red under...
    By Paul Arnold August 15, 2009 

  • A Career in Biomedical Engineering

    Biomedical engineering is a fascinating field focusing on the development of medical equipment and prostheses, and the use of these items in a medical setting.
    By Emma Lloyd March 12, 2009 

  • Genetic Engineering Techniques

    Genetic engineering is in part a biological courier service, aiming to deliver specific genes to a particular destination. Scientists are able to extract a gene with a desired trait from one organism, parcel it up and then send it on its way into another...
    By Paul Arnold December 13, 2008 

  • The Use of Genetics in Forensics

    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.
    By Ricky October 14, 2008 

  • What is Genetic Variation?

    Genetic variation is considered to be the raw material of evolutionary change. Without it a species cannot change in response to changes in the environment. This article looks at how it happens; from mutation through to genetic shuffling, and the...
    By nain September 16, 2008 

  • Agricultural Biotechnology Applications

    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.
    By Emma Lloyd August 20, 2008 

  • Defining Biotechnology

    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?
    By Emma Lloyd August 20, 2008 
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