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Hi my name's Paul, I'm studying A levels in a school in Kent and am aspiring to go to The University of Nottingham to study Plant Bioscience. Enjoy my blogs, they will mainly be about Biology. Contact me at rubiscoactivase@gmail.com

Saturday, 17 March 2012

An Introduction 

Over millions of years through the maelstrom of physical and chemical chaos, life has evolved seamlessly with beauty, complexity and balance. Organisms gracefully interact with one another, perfectly adapted to the biotic and abiotic environments they live in, evolving in sync with each other and the world they inhabit. Recently, a surge of scientific developments has lead to not only a great understanding of the genetic code, but the ability to radically redesign it. Humans have found ingenious ways in which to edit the very fabric of life, the very essence of what makes a species unique. This immense power is nothing to be laughed at, or played down. The consequences of meddling with this sort of unprecedented control could be disastrous, or hold amazing benefits for mankind.
What exactly is genetic modification? Genetic modification is, according to The Oxford Dictionary, “The deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating its genetic material”  [1]
So is the genetic modification of organisms for human benefit ethical? The debate is raging, and as relevant and fuelled as ever. For many people this is a sensitive issue, and one that they are extremely passionate about.

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