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Questions for a Biotechnologist working with transgenic animals

 
 
Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 12:04 pm
hello, my name is Katie. I am a student from Southwick-Tolland Regional High School. I am currently involved in writing an research paper on Genetic engineering which includes a interview. If its not to much trouble can you answer the following questions?

1. What will happen if a transgenic animal is released into the wild? Will it have an advantage over other animals?

2. Describe what part of genetic engineering do u work with?

3. What are some of your common duties and responsibilities on the job?

4. What are the difficulties of your field?

5. What benefits have you come across?

6. Is genetic engineering helpful to us?

7. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of transgenic animals?

8. Do you feel that it is acceptable to create transgenic animals to help treat humans?
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 01:39 pm
@katievarya,
Hi Katie - you have to do the preliminary research on your own, then ask questions here.

Try this:
http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090121/full/457371b.html
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 03:25 pm
I doubt we have many genetic engineers here. However, it would be catastrophic if we release transgenic animals into the wild. They may have survival skills beyond those of naturally produced animals and the could disrupt the eco balance. Nature has done a fine job. Let's not screw with it.
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 04:14 pm
@NickFun,
We did have a geneticist , one Wolf Odonell. However, hes not been seen lo these many moons. (ever since the changeover).

To maybe help out without being a geneticist. I sat in on a seminar given by a Nobel Laureate on genetic and neuroscience last qeek. He talked of using "knockout mice". These are interesting critters. Google trhem up and maybe te authors of the ppers will be interested in talking to you.

Its poor form to just throw out questions because , you will get all kinds of answers and many will be just people having some cruel fun at your expense. You need to;

1Establish a connection with a real genetecist or microbiologist.

2Ask permission to ask your questions in a brief fashion

3Ask them and accept what you get.
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High Seas
 
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Reply Mon 23 Mar, 2009 09:38 am
@NickFun,
Genetic engineers aren't the only ones interested - medical insurers, statisticians, any number of other professions look to results from experimental gene therapy, currently unavailable in most of the West causing medi-tourist traffic to China and Korea. Results vary:

Quote:
"Considering that NIS imaging of transgene expression has been recently validated in humans, our data highlight the potential of these nanoparticles as a new formulation for cancer gene therapy."

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/141924.php

Besides, athletes' testing may or may not show if they've been genetically modified for extra performance. Still, the original poster could do some research on her own before locating an expert on transgenic animals, including humans - and some of the publications on these links do have experts who will answer readers' questions.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2009 05:42 pm
@NickFun,
If Nature has done a fine job, then she can be quite proud of us humans.

Species went extinct long before humans walked the earth.

Has humanity reached the status of unnatural?
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