16.4 Uses of Recombitant Technology

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  • Improving the quantity and production rate of antibiotics.
  • Producing hormones such as insulin in a safer way. Insulin is needed by over 2 million diabetics each day. Also used for human growth hormone.
  • Enzymes used to tender meat are produced by GM bacteria.
  • Genes are often inserted into vegetables such as tomatoes to make them grow faster and soften slower.
  • They can also make plants pesticide, herbicide and disease resistant.
  • There is now also the possibility that they can be introduced into plants in order to make them produce plastics.
  • Genes can be inserted from disease resistant animals into non-resistant animals.
  • Growth hormones can be inserted into…


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