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Biological safety lock for GMO

January 22nd, 2015 | by MuslimScience
Biological safety lock for GMO
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Biological safety lock for Genetically Modified Organisms

 Biological safety lock for GMO

The creation of genetically modified and entirely synthetic organisms continues to generate excitement as well as worry.

Such organisms are already churning out insulin and other drug ingredients, helping produce biofuels, teaching scientists about human disease and improving fishing and agriculture. While the risks can be exaggerated to frightening effect, modified organisms do have the potential to upset natural ecosystems if they were to escape.

 

Physical containment isn’t enough. Lab dishes and industrial vats can break; workers can go home with inadvertently contaminated clothes. And some organisms are meant for use in open environments, such as mosquitoes that can’t spread malaria.

 

Physical containment isn’t enough. Lab dishes and industrial vats can break; workers can go home with inadvertently contaminated clothes. And some organisms are meant for use in open environments, such as mosquitoes that can’t spread malaria.

 

Summay

Scientists have genetically recoded a strain of E. coli to depend on a Synthetic Amino Acid so the bacteria can’t survive outside the lab. The E. coli were also made resistant to two viruses.