Biogenetics & Stem Cell Research: Improving Life One Gene at a Time
Biogenetics, aka genetic engineering, refers to direct manipulation of an organism’s genes. Scientists are using biogenetics to improve our health and how we live our lives. Biogenetics have given birth to a new type of science called stem cell research. Stem cell research is one of the most intriguing, and promising areas of science today. Stem cells offer the possibility of curing and treating countless “diseases, conditions, and disabilities including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis”(Stem 1), and several types of cancer(Goldstein). With that stated, one could understand the importance of this technology and its future.
Stem cells can cure diseases, however the technology isn’t up to par yet. They have used stem cells to repair tissues in animals that had heart attacks or eye damage due to diabetes. Heart disease and diabetes are among the fastest growing medical epidemics plagueing this day and age. When stem cells are injected into animals with various types of tissue damage, the cells traveled to the damage site and repaired it within 48 hours. This type of technology is funneling our well being towards safer and cheaper medical practices.
Biogenetics is the product of new age scientists with a bright plan for the future. Biogenetics can be useful for an array of things other than medical uses. The techniques learned from using biotechnology in the agricultural industry were the building blocks for the medical era. Biotechnology has been used on crops to make them more reliable and produce way beyond their means of “regular” growing habits. The crops have been modified in such a way as to ward pesky bugs off, be more fruitful, and also allows stability in the farming industry by letting farmers be able to predict more accurately how much their crops are going to...