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Genetic engineering techniques A gene gun uses biolistics to insert DNA into plant tissue. Creating a genetically modified organism GMO is a multi-step process. Genetic engineers must isolated the gene they wish to insert into the host organism.
This can be taken from a cell containing the gene  or artificially synthesised.
The gene is then combined with other genetic elements, including a promoter and terminator region and a selectable marker. Bacteria can be induced to take up foreign DNA by being exposed to certain stresses e.
DNA is generally inserted into animal cells using microinjectionwhere it can be injected through the cell's nuclear envelope directly into the nucleusor through the use of viral vectors.
As only a single cell is transformed with genetic material, the organism must be regenerated from that single cell. In plants this is accomplished through tissue c ulture.
Gene targeting techniques, which creates double-stranded breaks and takes advantage on the cells natural homologous recombination repair systems, have been developed to target insertion to exact locations.
Genome editing uses artificially engineered nucleases that create breaks at specific points. There are four families of engineered nucleases: History of genetic engineering Herbert Boyer pictured and Stanley Cohen created the first genetically modified organism in Humans have domesticated plants and animals since around 12, BCE, using selective breeding or artificial selection as contrasted with natural selection.
They took a gene from a bacterium that provided resistance to the antibiotic kanamycininserted it into a plasmid and then induced another bacteria to incorporate the plasmid. The bacteria was then able to survive in the presence of kanamycin.
This included genes from the toad Xenopus laevis increating the first GMO expressing a gene from an organism from different kingdom. The first transgenic livestock were produced in  and the first animal to synthesise transgenic proteins in their milk were mice,  engineered to produce human tissue plasminogen activator in BevanRichard B.
Flavell and Mary-Dell Chilton. They infected tobacco with Agrobacterium transformed with an antibiotic resistance gene and through tissue culture techniques were able to grow a new plant containing the resistance gene. Genentech announced the production of genetically engineered human insulin in Craig Venter Instituteannounced that they had created the first synthetic bacterial genome.
They named it Synthia and it was the world's first synthetic life form. Genes have been transferred within the same speciesacross species and even across kingdoms.
New genes can be introduced, or endogenous genes can be enhanced, altered or knocked out. GMOs have been used in biological and medical research, production of pharmaceutical drugs experimental medicine e.
Genetically modified bacteria Bacteria were the first organisms to be genetically modified in the laboratory, due to the relative ease of modifying their chromosomes. Genes and other genetic information from a wide range of organisms can be added to a plasmid and inserted into bacteria for storage and modification.
Once a gene is isolated it can be stored inside the bacteria, providing an unlimited supply for research. They can be used to produce enzymesamino acidsflavouringsand other compounds used in food production.
With the advent of genetic engineering, new genetic changes can easily be introduced into these bacteria. Most food-producing bacteria are lactic acid bacteriaand this is where the majority of research into genetically engineering food-producing bacteria has gone.
The bacteria can be modified to operate more efficiently, reduce toxic byproduct production, increase output, create improved compounds, and remove unnecessary pathways. Generally the bacteria are grown to a large volume before the gene encoding the protein is activated.
The bacteria are then harvested and the desired protein purified from them. Ideas include altering gut bacteria so they destroy harmful bacteria, or using bacteria to replace or increase deficient enzymes or proteins. One research focus is to modify Lactobacillusbacteria that naturally provide some protection against HIVwith genes that will further enhance this protection.
If the bacteria do not form colonies inside the patient, the person must repeatedly ingest the modified bacteria in order to get the required doses. Enabling the bacteria to form a colony could provide a more long-term solution, but could also raise safety concerns as interactions between bacteria and the human body are less well understood than with traditional drugs.This page contains information for clinicians and public health practitioners about Zika virus.
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