Genetif Enginering

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Genetic Engineering Genetic engineering has come across everyone's mind differently. There is about fifty percent of the human population that are for genetic engineering, and fifty percent that are against genetic engineering. The issue that began all the society problems was when scientist wanted to genetically engineer livestock and crops. There are many questions that are asked about genetic engineering. The main question is whether or not genetically engineering livestock and crops should be done and why? Genetic engineering will help produce more food to feed the nation, make our medicines better, and make organ transplanting more effective.

Genetic engineering should be used on livestock in order to make food production better. Genetic engineering has been used at ABS Global Industry, a cattle genetics company; they have recently unveiled a six-month-old cloned calf. This way of cloning may lead to beefier steaks and big advances in human and livestock medicines.

These cloning methods will allow fast and reliable duplication of cattle that produce impressive amounts of beef and milk. The main goal for cloning livestock is to produce a "super animal"� for a variety of purposes. For instance, dairy producers can manage cattle of the same genetic structure better because they all respond the same way to nutrition and the environment. The dairy farmers can select cattle that produce the best milk for dairy products and clone those few animals to make a herd comprised of only those selected. Recently, scientists have been using Bovine Somatotropin technology (BST). By using BST the impact of milk production per cow has increased (Knoblauch). Genetic engineering can also be used in the beef cattle industry to help out the commercial ranchers. Cattle specialist can choose only the cattle that have highly desirable traits to produce beefier steaks (Barrett 1A). This new technique in...