Wednesday, August 24, 2011

If You Were Wondering about Genetic Modification

It's here—and it's beautiful, or is it scary, or both?

"The general process of developing fluorescent fish … begins by adding a fluorescence gene to the fish before it hatches from its egg." And the "fluorescent protein genes occur naturally, and are derived from marine organisms." I am sure other naturally occurring proteins can be incorporated into different species with amazing or terrifying results. When I was teaching at Purdue fifteen years ago, some scientists were already experimenting with chicken genes and potatoes.

I know this has nothing to do with note-taking (except in the sense that we all would do well to take note of these developments)!

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