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Poplar trees are fast growing, and great for the lumber industry. Many are re-planted to reduce the carbon dioxide in the air by holding them in their roots underground and to produce oil. The trees grow with no disturbance because of the gene it was given; Bacillus thuringiensis, a toxin, inserted into the tree's DNA. It fights off different leaf-eating lepidopteran insects that attack poplar trees. This helps me a lot because paper and oil will be more cheap.
Pania VangAge: 16Short: 4'11Believes: the world will end one dayLikes: Science + MathWants: to become a Head Nurse + a cleaner environment
Cows are mostly responsible for the 3 quarters of methane emmisions. Since it is one of causes for global warming, cows are breeded with prototype cows that burp less. This helps me because, more cows will be brought into the world meaning I pay less for meat.
Genetically Engineered Salmon has an added growth hormone from a Chinook salmon that makes the fish grow faster. This keeps up with the fish population and helps the fish industry. To keep the hormone active, a gene from an ocean pout is used, which acts as an “on switch” for the hormone. This helps me and many others because the food chain will be stable even with the over fishing.
People can eat bananas and get a vaccine instead of using needles. A form of a virus is first injected into the banana sapling. The genetic material quickly becomes a permanent part of the plant’s cells. As the plant grows, its cells produce virus proteins. When it is eatened, the immune systems build up antibodies to fight the disease. This helps me because it will me get the vaccine easier with a yummy taste.
The Flavr Savr tomato was the first engineered food for human consumption. By inserting an antisense gene, it slows the ripening process of the tomato to prevent softening and rotting, while maintaining the natural flavor and color. This helps me because if the world ends, reserving, planting, and eating these tomatos will keep me alive.