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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

10 Interestingly Scary Examples of Genetic Engineering You Should Know About

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Scorpion Venom Cabbage

Scientists have recently taken the gene responsible for making poison in scorpion tails and researched ways to combine it with cabbage to limit pesticide use while still preventing caterpillars from damaging cabbage crops. These genetically modified cabbages would produce scorpion poison lethal to  caterpillars when they bite leaves — but the toxin is supposedly harmless to humans.

 

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Glow in the Dark Animals

Pigs that glow from inside out  sounds pretty ridiculous, but scientists are increasingly using genetically modified animals to help them understand diseases that affect humans, and sometimes just for art. In addition to pigs, cats, dogs, rats, mice sheep, fish, monkeys, and rabbits have been genetically engineered to glow in the dark.

One way the scientists are doing this is by inserting fluorescent proteins, a green protein found in the Aequorea victoria jellyfish, into animals, making them glow. The fluorescent proteins help scientists to monitor the performance of genes that they have altered. The pioneers of this method were even awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their efforts. Below are nine genetically modified animals that now glow, thanks to science:

 

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Comments

  1. why scary? this is awesome! (except for the soldiers part :P )

  2. Scary!!!

  3. Joanna Pau says:

    scary indeed!

  4. It is scary because nobody is responsible for the consequences and that is unknown.

  5. Carolynn Givens says:

    Any consumer should have the RIGHT to know if they are eating genetically engineered product. It may appear safe, but where are studies to show that it is safe in our next generation or two. Your grandchildren may grow twice as fast, enter puberty at 5 or glow in the dark. Do you really trust the FDA? Or do you prefer what nature intended? Just saying!

  6. I hope we this food is labeled so that I can stay away from it !

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