The Importance Of Genetics

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The Importance of Genetics People fear what they do not understand. If only society would take time to understand the facts of genetics, they would grasp the concept of the important role it plays in our everyday life. With our coming into the 21st century we must take advantage of the technology we develop, in order to continue survival with all of the new obstacles we uncover everyday.

Every time we take a bite of an apple, or taste the juices of a vegetable, we think of how good it is or how good it could be. Genetics makes it possible for our food to be more enjoyable. For example, engineers have performed the feat of making corn taste sweeter. Genetic engineers simply isolate the trait responsible for a sweeter taste, and insert it into the corn's DNA. This trait can be taken from another fruit to insure safety, for genetically engineered crops are not harmful.

Everything is made up of cells that contain genes, it matters not where the genes come from, and therefore eating genetically engineered food does not affect our own DNA. Genetic engineering only speeds up the process farmers have been performing for years.

Genetics also helps us out in ways most people wouldn't imagine. Pesticides are proven very dangerous and could lead to contamination of drinking water, and harm non-targeted life. Although, instead of spraying down our crops with pesticides to protect them from insects, crops can be genetically enhanced to naturally protect themselves from insects without the use of poisons. Scientists are also currently researching the development of a fish that contains a glowing ball inside to help fishers spot them under water. A new cotton candy plant is also under way, which would allow the snack to grow outside and float...