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Genetic Engineering In-Depth
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Genetic Engineering In-Depth

Genetic engineering takes genes from one organism and moves them into another — producing drugs like insulin, plants with desirable traits, and more.

Take a look at how genetic engineering works. Then explore its uses and controversies, as well as what different stakeholders think about it.

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How to Extract DNA from Anything Living

How to Extract DNA from Anything Living

Put enzymes (in the form of meat tenderizer) to work and extract DNA from a variety of vegetables and fruits. Make sure it's OK to use the blender. More...

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Genetic Science Learning Center
Cracking the Code of Life

Cracking the Code of Life

Watch the race between two teams to sequence the human genome, one of the biggest prizes ever sought in the history of science — and a key advance for genetic engineering. More...

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NOVA/PBS
2006 Scientist of the Year: Jay Keasling

2006 Scientist of the Year: Jay Keasling

Meet the Discover magazine scientist of the year, Jay Keasling, who sees engineering a single gene as a thing of the past. He wants to engineer many genes to work together like a symphony. More...

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Discover Magazine
Engineering: Dream Up the Future

Engineering: Dream Up the Future

Wondering what engineering careers are available? Or looking for advice about how to get into the engineering program of your choice? Find out how to "engineer your path" with this helpful site. More...

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American Society for Engineering Education
Extract DNA from Strawberries

Extract DNA from Strawberries

You can also use this method — that relies on dish soap and rubbing alcohol — to extract DNA from fruits and vegetables. Watch this teen's experiment, then try it for yourself. More...

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JC Shieh
Gallery: How to Make a Genetically Modified Seed

Gallery: How to Make a Genetically Modified Seed

Check out this gallery and the accompanying article to learn about the high tech behind genetically modified seeds…and why companies want to make them. More...

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Popular Science
Glowing Lambs Born in Uruguay

Glowing Lambs Born in Uruguay

Take a look at the first transgenic sheep created in Latin America. Scientists used genes from a jellyfish to genetically engineer 9 lambs that glow when exposed to ultraviolet light. More...

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CNN
12 Bizarre Examples of Genetic Engineering

12 Bizarre Examples of Genetic Engineering

Just what is possible with genetic engineering? Cabbage with scorpion toxins, goats that produce spider silk, and more. More...

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MNN
DNA Manipulation

DNA Manipulation

Once DNA was discovered, researchers raced to figure out how to use it. Listen to stories from the pioneers of genetic engineering, and understand the concerns around this then-unknown technology. More...

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DNA Learning Center
Genetic Modification Proposed to Save Endangered Species

Genetic Modification Proposed to Save Endangered Species

Is genetic engineering an appropriate strategy to help save species in danger of extinction, particularly from climate change? Read on and form your own opinion. More...

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Groundspeak.com
Recombinant DNA and the Birth of Biotech

Recombinant DNA and the Birth of Biotech

The first genetically engineered product was human insulin mass-produced produced by bacteria. Read more about the beginnings of modern biotechnology. More...

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Smithsonian
Synthetic XNA Molecules Can Evolve and Store Genetic Information

Synthetic XNA Molecules Can Evolve and Store Genetic Information

Move over DNA and RNA: Now there is XNA, made in the lab using novel nucleic acids. Read more about this advance and the new field known as "synthetic genetics." More...

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Discover Magazine
Timeline: DNA Science from Mendel to Today

Timeline: DNA Science from Mendel to Today

Check out this interactive timeline tracing 150 years of genetic discoveries, from Gregor Mendel's experiments on pea plants to the sequencing of the human genome. More...

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DNA Learning Center
Translating an mRNA Sequence

Translating an mRNA Sequence

Find out what a codon chart is and try your hand at building a protein sequence from the genetic code. More...

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Annenberg Learner
Understanding the Human Genome Project: Timeline

Understanding the Human Genome Project: Timeline

Trace genetic research from Darwin to the Human Genome Project's completion and beyond. More...

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National Institutes of Health
Who Wants to Be a Genetic Engineer?

Who Wants to Be a Genetic Engineer?

Genetic engineering can combine traits from multiple organisms into one. Create a cinnamon-flavored apple or a corn plant resistant to pests with this interactive. More...

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University of Nebraska
Why Do We Make Glowing Rats?

Why Do We Make Glowing Rats?

Why would researchers spend time and effort making animals that fluoresce under UV lights? The very practical answer might surprise you. More...

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SciShow

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