Chromosome 6

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Chromosome 6
Robin Cook’s book Chromosome 6 is about organ transplantation and the possible dangers that could arise if the organs became tradable commodity, but before reading the book we had no idea what it was going to be about. Biotechnology was not a subject us two girls knew a lot about. Hearing the word biotechnology we thought of cloning, lab work, and experiments. Little did we know that it is much more complex than we thought. Biotechnology deals with crops to animals, fruit, milk, and humans, but it doesn’t stop there. As we read the book, listened to class discussions, and viewed the two movies that were shown during class we became a lot more knowledgeable about what biotechnology really is.

Biotechnology is viewed as a very good thing to some people. Through biotechnology people envision developing new types of animals, finding almost unlimited sources of human therapeutic drugs, and growing crops that are more nutritious and naturally pest-resistant to feed a rapidly growing world population. In some cases, we have come a long way in the discoveries of some of those envisions. Throughout our human history, we have learned a great deal about the different organisms that have been used by our ancestors so effectively. With our increased knowledge and understanding of these organisms and their cell products, we have gained the ability to control the many functions of various cells and organisms. We can now combine the genetic elements of two or more living cells using the techniques of gene splicing and recombinant DNA. Recombinant DNA is DNA that has been created artificially from two or more sources than incorporated into a single recombinant molecule. Science has come as far as having the ability of taking functioning lengths of DNA from one organism and place them into the cells of another organism. As a result, for example, we can cause bacterial cells to produce human molecules and we can synthesize therapeutic molecules that have never...