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Advantages of genetic engineering

Asked by vahul95 13th June 2008, 3:54 PM
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In Genetic engineering, manipulation of genes is carried out. It has various advantages like:

  • Diseases could be prevented by detecting people/plants/animals that are genetically prone to certain hereditary diseases, and preparing for the inevitable.

  • Infectious diseases can be treated by implanting genes that code for antiviral proteins specific to each antigen. 
    • · Animals and plants can be modified to show desirable characteristics. Genes could also be manipulated in plants for example, to destroy the specific plant pests and thus reduce various agricultural losses.
    • · Genetic Engineering could increase genetic diversity, and produce more variant alleles. Thus it is possible to alter the genetics of cereals to produce various important hormones. Also superior varieties of cattle, crops etc can be produced.
    Answered by Expert 13th June 2008, 8:32 PM
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