Archive for November, 2007

Labeling Genetically Modified Foods in US

Although there is a perceived increase of genetically modified foods in the US market for several years now, so few people seem to notice it. It seems that consumers may not have an idea of the type of food they are buying off the supermarket shelves. Is it genetically modified? Is it organically grown? These questions may amount to be addressed by a simple solution that has recently become quite a controversial issue between different camps of the GMO debacle- the labeling of genetically modifi…

What is rBGH?

The Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone is a synthetically produced form of the Bovine Growth Hormone or Somatotropin. Somatotropin is a protein hormone that is produced in the pituitary gland of all vertebrates that also includes cattle. It is also known in some other names such as BST (Bovine Somatotropin) or rBST for the synthetic form produced in laboratories. Naturally, the BGH reacts with the receptors of the hormones prolactin and placental lactogen which stimulates the mammary tissue of a …

Biotechnology and its Applications

With the growth of the field of biotechnology through the years, it has come to be applied in a wide variety of different fields and industries. Modern biotechnology that dealt with genetic engineering has made it quite an interesting as well as promising field of study and research that aims to produce and develop the next generation of new biological products aimed to make an impact in agriculture as well as medicine. There are a number of applications that biotechnology now finds itself being…

Introduction to Plant Breeding

By definition, plant breeding is the purposeful manipulation of certain species of plants in order to create desired varieties to achieve specific purposes.  The manipulation may be done in several ways. It can either be by means of controlled pollination or the direct manipulation of the plant’s genes as in genetic engineering. This usually progresses into artificial selection new strains that will eventually lead to domestication. Plant breeding is a practice in making plants develop better st…

Genetic Engineering Mighty Mice

Aside from being able to develop genetically modified plants and crops, the field of genetic engineering will be doing the same for animals in the near future. In fact, scientists have already done this by genetically modifying genes in cows and goats to enable them to produce more proteins in milk that can be used for the manufacture of medicines. Although this is still in the developing process, it seems that biotechnology has gone a long way in spreading the scope of genetic modification. Alo…