Gene Splicing

Gene splicing is a process which prepares DNA to be translated into protein. In molecular biology, it is a technique which seeks to integrate DNA sequences into specific cells; hence, “splicing”.

For instance, the DNA of a mouse is cut and a gene from a hamster is inserted. Gene splicing is utilized in the production of genetically modified organisms (GMO). One experiment of this type involved splicing silk-making spider genes into milk cattle in an attempt to create milk that could be processed into a fabric and plastic. Another strange experiment added some genes for phosphorence into cat DNA to produce "glow-in-the-dark" kittens.

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