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Fountain of Youth Science continues to evolve at a much higher rate than the beings that gave it birth The transformation time from ape to human far exceeds the time from an abbacus to a computer However science in the past has always remained distant it has allowed for advances in production transportation and even entertainment but never in history has science be able to so deeply affect our lives as genetic engineering will undoubtedly do With the birth of this new technology scientific extremists and anti-technologists have risen in arms to block its future by spreading fear by misinterpretation of facts However genetic engineering is a safe and powerful tool that will yield unprecedented results specifically in the field of medicine by which it will usher in a world where gene defects bacterial disease and even aging are a thing of the past Understanding genetic engineering and its possibilities for society is to obtain a rough knowledge of its history and method The basis for altering the evolutionary process is dependant on the understanding of how individuals pass on characteristics to their offspring Genetics first discoverey of the secrets of natures evolutionary process is when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel developed the first laws of heredity These early laws concluded that each organism has two sets of character determinants or genes Genes are transmitted through chromosomes which reside in the nucleus of every living organisms cells Each chromosome is made up of fine strands of deoxyribonucleic acids or DNA The information carried on the DNA determines the cells function within the organism DNA discovery is attributed to the research of three scientists Francis Crick Maurice Wilkins and James Dewey Watson in 1951 They were all later accredited with the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine in 1962 Thanks to the these scientists discovery the new science of genetic engineering aims to take a dramatic short cut in the slow process
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