Elimination Of Pests
By means of genetic engineering, scientists have developed several species of corn plants that produce the Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) toxin, a bacteria that can fatally poison caterpillars and other pests.
Unlike traditional pesticides that are chemical based, these special corn plants are essentially an "environmentally friendly" pesticide as they do not pose a threat to human health as long as they are cooked before consumption.
Production of Biomedical Solutions
Sheep have been genetically engineered to produce a protein called alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) for the treatment of emphysema, a chronic lung disease that often results from excessive smoking.
The AAT protein prevents enzymes in white blood cells from damaging the body's cells, especially belonging to the liver and lungs.
Liver and lung problems will occur when mutations occur in the gene sequence that hold the genetic codes for the AAT protein. This results in deficiencies in the body's natural production of the AAT protein.
To combat such a situation, the AAT protein produced by the genetically engineered sheep can be used to make up for the shortfall in the protein produced by the human body.
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