Genetically engineered bacteria can be used to produce a variety of products including medically important proteins, vaccines, commercially important proteins, and DNA for study. They are also used as research tools. Genetic engineering of plants can be used to develop pest-resistant plants, herbicide-resistant plants and plants with improved nutritional value. Through genetic engineering, edible vaccines might one day be possible.

■ Name two diseases that are treated using proteins produced by genetically engineered microorganisms.

■ Describe the attributes of two different types of transgenic plants.

■ Potatoes are relatively easy to genetically engineer, which is why they are being used in the edible vaccine studies. Why will edible vaccines eventually require the engineering of a food product that is routinely consumed raw?

Detox Diet Basics

Detox Diet Basics

Our internal organs, the colon, liver and intestines, help our bodies eliminate toxic and harmful  matter from our bloodstreams and tissues. Often, our systems become overloaded with waste. The very air we breathe, and all of its pollutants, build up in our bodies. Today’s over processed foods and environmental pollutants can easily overwhelm our delicate systems and cause toxic matter to build up in our bodies.

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