Biology – Genetics The Cystic Fibrosis Gene Introd

Biology – Genetics The Cystic Fibrosis GeneIntroduction:Cystic fibrosis is an inherited autosomal recessive disease that exerts its main effects on the digestive system and the lungs. This disease is the most common genetic disorder amongst Caucasians. Cystic fibrosis affects about one in 2,500 people, with one in twenty five being a heterozygote.With the use of […]

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Fungal Genetics

I do believe that knowledge is power because if one thinks that education is expensive, ignoring that truth is the most expensive consequence both in the present and future. I have taken a bold move to further my studies by applying for a PhD course at the University of Nottingham. I am from France and […]

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Fruit Fly Genetics Lab Report

In the 1800s, an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel used pea plants to study the way heritable traits were passed down across the generations. Eventually, he was able to quantify the passage of these traits and attributed them to heritable traits, which were eventually to be named genes. In the early twentieth century, 1910, Thomas […]

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Genetic Engineering Essay

I believe that this is a good idea. It will help to combat the problem of not finding organ donors for patients. Previously, pig organs would not have been able to be inserted into the human body, yet it can be possible with this scientific breakthrough. Many lives could be saved with this. However, this […]

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Genetic Engineering will solve the third world’s food problem

To ask if Genetic Engineering will solve the third world food problem, we must look at the causes first. It is easy to presume that the food problem is due to a shortage of food. However, it is not necessarily the case. Raj Patel, a policy analyst for ‘Food First’ [i], believes that agricultural dumping, […]

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Artificial insemination

Artificial insemination (AI), embryo transplantation and in vitro fertilization (IVF) used in selective breeding of agricultural and domestic animals all have obvious economic advantages. AI allows decreased costs, as the male animal doesn’t need to be kept, and transporting costs are decreased. Profits increase as so-called ‘prize animals’ can be used to produce high quality […]

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The Emergence of Life on Prebiotic Earth

With even just a single cell as a starting point, Darwinian evolution offers an elegant and powerful algorithm for bringing about the vast diversity, and ranging complexity of the living world. It is not difficult to imagine how, by acting on ‘surplus populations’ of replicating organisms; evolutionary forces such as natural selection would eventually lead […]

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Genetic Modification, should we be scared

The biggest scandal to hit European agriculture since the animal rights movement uncovered the shocking mistreatment of animals on some farms occurs. Millions of Euros worth of crops are discarded, but why? A large seed supplier mistakenly issues banned GM maize that is sown over 3000 hectares of land. The EU is forced to undertake […]

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Should Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening be available free for anyone to use

This report is going to be about Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening and whether or not it should be available to anybody, free, who wants to have a baby. I am going to be looking at two topics which are Aneuploidy and Sex selection. The reason why I am going to be talking about these two topics […]

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Westlakes Science Park- Genetics Department Visit

On Wednesday 21st of April I visited Westlakes Science Park to find out more about its genetics department and what it does. Westlakes is a research institute and it does research into many things to do with environmental sciences and health as well as other things. Westlakes does research and industrial consultancy for bigger businesses. […]

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Chromosomes and DNA

** ** Most cells have a nucleus with a certain number of chromosomes.* There are twenty-three different pairs of chromosomes in human cells.* In females, each chromosome in the twenty-three pairs, appears to be identical to its partner. * In males, one pair is different, one chromosome is shorter than its partner. These two chromosomes […]

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Applied cell Biology: Genetic engineering

Within a short period of time, genetic engineering has turned into one of the biggest growth areas in scientific research . It appears regularly in the media although the general public have no idea the meaning. It is currently one of the most sensitive areas of ethical debate. 1 Genetic engineering however is a variety […]

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Genetic Engineering Overview

Genetic engineering seems to be one of the incredible breakthroughs in science. It was discovered in the 1900’s by Mendel, who used to study peas by creating different species at one time. Genetic engineering can be described as the non-natural alteration of the genetic code. Genes are parts of the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that control […]

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Genetic influences

Steve Jones (1993) explains that genetics is a language, “a set of inherited instructions passed from generation to generation’. Jones argues that genes are like the words in a language. The way genes are arranged can be seen as the rules for language much like grammar. Genetics also have a literature, ‘the thousands of instructions […]

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Genetic Engineering – Friend or Foe

Genetic Engineering is a technology in which the gene can be altered and transferred from one organism and inserting it to another organism. When these genetically engineered organisms are cultured, they produce human protein. The proper terminology for Genetic Engineering is ‘Recombinant DNA technology’. To some people Genetic Engineering is a mean of solving the […]

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Genetic engineering in our world, as well as in the book Brave New World

There has been a steady increase in the amount of genetics related issues entering our lives ever since research on genes began. As the advancements continue to sound more like the science fiction than what we actually believe is possible, the amount of ethical and debatable dilemmas are increasing proportionally. In February of 1997, the […]

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The ethical and social implications of genetic screening

It was only in 1953 that Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the structure of the DNA molecule. Since then genetic research has moved faster than anyone could have anticipated. Recent advances in technology have prompted the setting up of a collaborative project in which scientists from all the world share information on our genetic […]

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Genetic Engineering

Genetic Engineering is a modern science where the genes of an organism are changed to alter the features of that organism. This normally happens by the extraction of genes from one organism, and these genes are then introduced into another organism to aid it in survival. Genes are removed from the DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid) […]

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The Use of Recombinant DNA Technology Can Only Benefit Humans

The development of recombinant DNA technology is, in biological terms a very recent discovery. It was founded in 1973 by Cohen and Boyer, the first two scientists to successfully transplant a section of DNA from one bacterium and insert it into another using restriction enzymes, creating the first transgenic organism1. As with every biological discovery […]

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The Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project is a piece of scientific research, which allows scientists to know the arrangement of nucleotides in Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). As we know, there are millions of nucleotides in a double-stranded molecule of DNA, which code for the structure of a complete human; their eye colour, size, hair colour etc. There can […]

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Too Much Information: Genetic Testing

Genetic testing offers a whole new world of information about us and how our bodies work. The data we get from delving into our own genetic code can help us to cure or even prevent disease, stop medical conditions such as cancer or cystic fibrosis from even manifesting, or even correct these sorts of errors […]

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The benefits of, and peoples concerns about, the use of recombinant DNA technology

Humans have used plants and animals for thousands of years, adapting many things to suit their requirements. The process of artificial selection, whereby only the organisms with the best characteristics are allowed to breed, genetically changes these organisms.Recombinant DNA technology allows us much greater control over genetic manipulation. This can range from genetically engineered micro […]

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