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Let's talk about GMOs, part three: What will we use them for?

In my first post, I discussed what DNA is and how it relates to phenotypical (outward) change through the central dogma of molecular biology. In the second post I discussed the techniques of genetic engineering, including the novel and prodigal technique called Crispr/Cas9. In the third and previous post we discussed current uses of the technology.

In this post, we will look at the future uses of the technology.  I can not promise to cover all possible future and research purposes, simply because it is too extensive. I will discuss three good examples, one for research, one for medicine and one for food. We will leave the issue of designer babies for the next part in the series.

Wide-field Fluorescence microscopy Wide-field fluorescence microscopy is a research technique to investigate how things work on a microscopic scale. We'll need a short discussion on how the microscopy part works. Fluorophores are molecules that can be activated by (laser) light, after which t…