Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering refers to the processes and technology involved in moving genetic material from one organism to another to create something totally new. The direct manipulating of genetic material has the potential to give rise to “novel” organisms that may not naturally be found in Nature. For example, a genetic engineer might--in theory--take the gene for the color purple from a flower or from a sea anemone, mix it with pig genes, to produce purple piglets! By shuffling genes around, genetic engineers can create gene cocktails that change the traits of organisms that are created through Nature’s breeding process. The expectation is that genetic engineers will one day be able to synthesize novel genes that have a positive impact in fields such as health care and agriculture.

Doctor Brandon Colby on Predictive Medicine, the Power of Prevention and Planning for a Long Retirement

Brandon Colby, MD, is a world leader in the field of...


First Artificial Cell Ushers in Era of Synthetic Biology

Scientists--led by Craig Venter--have created the first man-made or synthetic cell. The accomplishment is considered by many industry participants and observers to be a landmark event that represents a demarcation point in biology and genetic engineering. The one-celled organism was essentially created from computer code.