Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society
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Content for Year 12 students studying the novels - 'Never Let Me Go' and 'Frankenstein' plus the films - 'Gattaca' and 'In Time' both directed by Andrew Niccol.  This can also be used by senior students studying biology.
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Gluten-free GM wheat can help celiac patients -Biology Fortified

Gluten-free GM wheat can help celiac patients -Biology Fortified | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Have you ever seen the popular MyPlate? It is a simple graphic to indicate the type and amount of food needed for a balanced diet in humans.
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BBC - Science & Nature - Horizon - Designer Babies

BBC - Science & Nature - Horizon - Designer Babies | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Will we ever be able to hand-pick genes to manufacture our own tailor-made baby?
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'Exciting' new genetic test for child cancer patients - BBC News

'Exciting' new genetic test for child cancer patients - BBC News | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Scientists are beginning work to genetically test tumours from children with cancer, in the hope this will give younger patients access to newer medicines.
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'Designer baby debate should start'

'Designer baby debate should start' | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.
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This would be a very interesting development - very 'Gattaca"

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Genetic Engineering Enables Human Immunity to Take on Cancer, Revolutionary Therapy

Genetic Engineering Enables Human Immunity to Take on Cancer, Revolutionary Therapy | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it

Developments in genetic engineering make it possible to 're-programme' the human immune system so that T cells - white blood cells that normally fight viruses - recognize and kill cancer cells. This approach, which directly harnesses the potency of the immune system, holds the prospect of a powerful new weapon in the fight against cancer.


Via Szabolcs Kósa
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Curing cancer surely has to be one of the biggest hopes we have from GE.

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Ronald 's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:16 PM

This is the future of research in the medical field. I feel as if this is the job of a biological engineer, however, the splicing of DNA and the "reprogramming" mentioned may involve help from chemists that are contibuting to the project. I think that if this research is pursued by doctors and lab scientists, I will be able to give resolutions to cancer patients when I become a pediatrician. I hope that I will get a chance to contribute while I am attending the Univertsity of Washington, whose cancer facility, as well as the Fred Huchinson Cancer Research Center, is one of the best in the nation. I have relatives who have suffered from cancer, so I know the pain and suffering that patients have to endure. The sooner this problem is adressed, the better. In 2007, cancer took the lives of 8 million people. This number is only increasing as time goes by. WIth this newly found research, perhaps the world can be saved from this terrible disaster.

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Genetic engineering debate rises again - New Zealand Herald

Genetic engineering debate rises again - New Zealand Herald | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Genetic engineering debate rises again
New Zealand Herald
In 1999, 20,000 people marched down Queen Street, calling for a ban on genetically engineered crops. The movement was broad-based.
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GE foods - do we want them? Are they are to save world hunger?

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Genetic modification could lead to inequality like we've never seen - The Week Magazine

Genetic modification could lead to inequality like we've never seen - The Week Magazine | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Genetic modification could lead to inequality like we've never seen
The Week Magazine
And a genetically engineered human isn't a wild fantasy.
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All About The Human Genome Project (HGP)

All About The Human Genome Project (HGP) | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
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This is good all round information on the human genome and it is a reliable source!

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Dog And Human Genomes Evolved Together

Dog And Human Genomes Evolved Together | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
A new study finds that genes for diet, behavior, and disease in dogs and humans have evolved together. (Dog and Human Genomes Evolved Together: When Zhai and colleagues took their canine sequences and compared them...
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As a dog lover, I found this article fascinating. Have dogs conditioned US to respond to them?

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Will men and machines merge?

Will men and machines merge? | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil explains why humans and computers will become indistinguishable in the next two decades.
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An interesting look into the future - where all our memories and knowledge could be stored on a chip.

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China Is Engineering Genius Babies | VICE United States

China Is Engineering Genius Babies | VICE United States | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
It’s not exactly news that China is setting itself up as a new global superpower.
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How dangerous could this technology be?

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MIT Student Invents LED Ice Cubes That Track How Much You’ve Been Drinking | TIME.com

Dhairya Dand, a 23-year-old MIT graduate student, unsurprisingly, had a little bit too much to drink one night.

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Juraj Kralik's curator insight, January 12, 2013 2:04 AM

this is a great invention. And yet so simple.

Arancha Gonzalez Martinez's curator insight, February 21, 2013 10:39 AM

¡ Es perfecto ! 

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New Diagnostic Technology Points to Possible New Blood Tests for Conditions ... - Science Daily (press release)

New Diagnostic Technology Points to Possible New Blood Tests for Conditions ...
Science Daily (press release)
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This article has a useful list diseases that may be curable dur to technology.

If science and medicine advances to say - cure cancer - are clones then necessary?

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Gene editing can now change an entire species -- forever

Gene editing can now change an entire species -- forever | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future generations, opening up the possibility of altering entire species forever.
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China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Critics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research
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1 step closer to designer children.

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Promising lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands - BBC News

Promising lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands - BBC News | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Scientists create artificial skin, made from mouse stem cells, that integrates successfully and even sprouts hairs when transplanted into another mouse.
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The stuff oc science -fiction again. But so cool. This technology could be used to create organs.

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PM: genome project will transform cancer care

PM: genome project will transform cancer care | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
NHS to sequence DNA of 40,000 patients over next four years
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More on curing cancer.

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Hard to feed the world without genetic engineering | Farm Press Blog

Hard to feed the world without genetic engineering | Farm Press Blog | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
To feed the world in 2050, the world will need genetic engineering.
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this links with the article from the NZ Herald on feeding the world.

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Genetic Engineering to the Rescue Against Invasive Species? - National Geographic

Genetic Engineering to the Rescue Against Invasive Species? - National Geographic | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
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Genetic Engineering to the Rescue Against Invasive Species?
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Genes for swatting tiger mosquitoes, defanging brown tree snakes, and deporting Asian carp, all nasty invasive species, sound like a swell idea.
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Very interesting - could we get rid of malaria by altering mosquitoes DNA?

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'Cloning' does not explain the lack of women at the top

'Cloning' does not explain the lack of women at the top | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
The future is bleak for women in leadership positions due to our unconscious urge to favour men ('Cloning' does not explain the lack of women at the top http://t.co/any5z5Xg2h via @guardian)...
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Looks really interesting for debate

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Building a Bionic Ear | MIT Technology Review

Building a Bionic Ear | MIT Technology Review | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Princeton researchers, using a 3-D printer, have built a bionic ear with integrated electronics.
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I think this leap in technology in absolutley amazing.

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Frankenfood Survival and DNA - | Western Garden Survivalist |

Frankenfood Survival and DNA - | Western Garden Survivalist | | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Frankenfood survival n DNA, Avoid Frankenfood n the dynamic altering of the basic DNA in foods means it is a battle for the very survival of the human genome | www.garden.warn-radio.com | Western Garden Survivalist (Frankenfood Survival and DNA
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This article presents a different aspect of the manipulation of DNA. What happens to our food when it is tampered with? Is the food in our supermarkets fresh and naturally produced?

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Bringing Extinct Species Back to Life - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Bringing Extinct Species Back to Life - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
The revival of an extinct species is no longer a fantasy. But is it a good idea?
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Self-healing living concrete hits the streets for testing

Self-healing living concrete hits the streets for testing | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
Years of research into a type of concrete that can fills its own cracks may be coming to fruition as the material's creators prepare for rea...

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Three-person IVF moves closer in UK

Three-person IVF moves closer in UK | Genetics and the Impact of Technology on Society | Scoop.it
The UK has moved closer to becoming the first country to allow the creation of babies from two women and one man to prevent mitochondrial diseases.
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An excellent example of positive but contraversial science.

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