The History of Cloning

The theory of being able to make a genetic copy (a clone) of another animal has been around for quite a while. In this section as the title reads I will show the history of cloning. 400 million years B. C. – Plants have been cloning themselves since not to long (as far as the … Read more

DNA Code

Only a small fraction of our total DNA makes us different from gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates. An even smaller fraction makes one person different from the next. It’s these differences that forensic DNA experts use to identify people and determine the source of biological evidence such as blood or semen found at a crime … Read more

Ethics and Reproductive Technology

Reproductive technology has come a long way in the last twenty years and continues to make expansive advances. The question “where do babies come from” is becoming harder and harder to answer. The response used to sound something like “when a man and a woman love each other very much…” now with in vitro fertilization, … Read more

The Positive And Negative Effects of DNA Profiling

Genetic engineering has developed and blossomed at a frightening rate in the last decade. Originating as merely an area of interest for scientists, genetic engineering has now become an area of which all people should be somewhat knowledgeable. DNA profiling has many uses, both positive and negative, in our society. Aside from its usefulness in … Read more

The Cystic Fibrosis Gene

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 antibiotics, the life span of … Read more

Genetic Faltering

Regenerating extinct species, engineering babies that are born without vital body organs, this is what the use of genetic engineering brings to the world. In Greek myth, an chimera was a part lion, part goat, part dragon that lived in Lycia; in real life, its an animal customized with genes of different species. In reality, … Read more

Human Genome Therapy

The reason that we decided to research genome therapy was because we very interested in this project and had a lot of questions concerning this topic. Some of the questions that we had were: what is normal and what is a disability or disorder, and who decides? Are disabilities diseases? Do they need to be … Read more

Genetics In Life

Genetics is the study of the patterns of inheritance of specific traits (Poretto). This knowledge could be used to alter the course of a future human life. This knowledge could even be used to stop a potentially painful life before it starts. Genetic engineering, like any other science, is a tool. Like any other tool … Read more

Chromosome Probes at the University of Toronto

Sensitive chromosome probes recently discovered by a University of Toronto geneticist will make it easier to detect certain types of genetic and prenatal diseases, as well as being used to determine paternity and provide forensic evidence in criminal cases. Probes are short pieces of DNA which bind to, and actually pinpoint, particular sites on a … Read more

Fruit Flys Essay

From simple heredity experiments with garden peas, to cloning sheep, the field of genetics has come a long way. Now we are closer to mapping out the human genetic map due to advances in technology, and years and years of research. Perhaps the most influential and groundbreaking scientist, Gregor Mendel, he was responsible to provide … Read more

Hardy-Weinburg Equilibrium

The Hardy-Weinberg theorem states that the frequency of alleles and genotypes in a populations gene pool remain constant over the generations unless acted upon by agents other than sexual recombination. For example, take a population of mice that consists of 1,000 members. A specific allele, albino allele, is recessive within this species. 80% of the … Read more

Genetic Disorders Essay Examples

Introduction Genetic Disorders are medical conditions that are caused by an error in a person’s genes. Some of them appear as a birth defect, while others do not become distinct until later in life. Genetic disorders can range from those that cause death to those that produce only mild problems, such as color blindness or … Read more

Genetics Essay Examples

The process of cloning is the process of using the genes of a being to create another being genetically identical to it.  Cloning technology has been called the “forbidden fruit of biology” (Begley 54).  For years, scientists have been trying to perfect the cloning technique.  In Scotland, scientists at the Roslin Institute have finally succeeded. … Read more