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Genetics continued....

TRANSGENICS

One of the latest developments in the science of genetics is transgenics, the growing of animals whose genetic makeup has been changed in some way, for instance, to produce certain hormones or make their organs more compatible with human tissue types for transplantation.

The potential dangers of this are obvious, in that we cannot know what might result from the introduction of animal DNA into the human body. Could it cause animal diseases to leap across into humans or affect the human immune system? Also if the use of animals in experimentation is ethically suspect, how much more difficult is it to accept the production of animals purely for the purposes of having their vital organs being harvested?

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Genetics
Reproductive Technologies
Cloning
Genetic Engineering
Transgenics

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