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WORLD WITHOUT DISEASE: WIPING OUT WORLD HUNGER; WATCHDOGS
Wiping Out World Hunger
Scientists also see the possibility of changing the genetic endowment of animals and plants alike, making them more efficient and disease-resistant producers of meat, milk, and grains by transplanting in them the genetic properties of hardier life forms. Only recently has it become possible for genetic engineers to put foreign genes into living animals. For example, researchers at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine successfully transferred a human growth hormone gene into a fertilized mouse egg. After the mouse was born, the human hormone helped it grow to twice the size of a normal mouse!
Agricultural scientists, meanwhile, are hoping to transfer the disease-resistant properties of one plant to another. At the University of California, Irvine, scientists already have developed bacteria that aid plants in resisting frost. Now they are introducing genes into other bacteria that will enable plants to take nitrogen out of the air and fix it in the soil, so that plants can grow without expensive fertilizers.
The Watchdogs
If scientists find the power to change the genetic makeup of plants and animals, the possibility exists of changing the heredity of human beings, of removing or putting genes into fertilized human eggs, and then allowing those eggs to mature into adults with new traits. Ideally, one could imagine changing humans so that they would be less susceptible to disease, more intelligent, stronger, and faster. We would have “humans by design.”
In any case, the brave new world of genetic engineering has arrived. The first products are helping diabetics, slow growers, and cancer patients. The scientists are convinced that much more is to come. The genes are doing good deeds.
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