posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 05:52 AM
Originally posted by Alethea
Originally posted by grantbeed
Not sure how big this news is.
It's BIG. It's REALLY BIG. Star and flag.
Not really. Genetic engineering across species is extremely common. I did it yesterday in the genetics lab I work/study in. And using human genes in
other organisms is also extremely common - How do you think we get crystal structures of human proteins?
People in here seem to think that genes from animals are something totally different from humans, and that genetic engineering is only going on secret
and shrouded government labs..
The only difference between human and animal genes are the sequences, and they are not even that different - There's a reason that one protein in one
species has quite similar homologs in others. You might have some minor differences that has no different effect, or you might have some slight
alterations that change the structural properties of the protein. No matter what, you don't end up with zombie-animals, or whatever.. And genetic
engineering is not something where you take a human cell, cut out the gene, transfer it to an animal cell, and then paste it in! You synthesize it
artificially, or produce copies of the gene of interest..