You remember that guy off of South Park who kept on splicing monkeys with five butts? I do too, and that is not what genetic engineering is about. Genetic engineers do a lot of good work for the world by trying to find new cures and experimenting with genes to find beneficial developments.
Some of the most promising and powerful applications of genetic engineering are in the field of medicine. Researchers use it to diagnose and predict disease, and to develop therapies and drugs to treat traumatic diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis. Its sole purpose is to correct abnormalities and to improve the features of a living being.
What stood out to us is how genetic engineers can modify the human growth hormone (HGH). HGH is an essential hormone that is produced by the body, it is responsible for your physical and mental growth. Also it affects some of the body’s internal organ development. When it was first introduced, one of the first gene products that were produced was synthetic HGH. With this, people who were suffering from dwarfism were able to increase their HGH production with this product. This became very beneficial as it helped them to improve their physical growth.
For this reason, how is HGH genetically engineered?
A new method, which is now most commonly used is the synthesizing of HGH by the cloning of the HGH gene and then inserting cDNA gene into E-coli. For the gene to be purified and translated, a signal sequence is also included. Once the individual is administered with the genetically engineered HGH, the production is expected to increase.
This Synthetic HGH has been in production for quite some time now. This is why more people are using it for reasons other than its expected purpose as time goes by. Those who are wanting to look younger use synthetic HGH, as they believe it can help slow down the aging process. Body building enthusiasts, like Dakota, use it to improve their physiques, and to get big as heck! They also use synthetic HGH because it reduces their recovery time. This allows the individual to be able to change routines without resting for hours in between workouts because it enhances the body’s muscle repair and recovery.
After learning about genetic engineering and HGH we are left with a few questions. Are there any natural proven ways to increase HGH output? Maybe certain exercises or diet? Can your body turn its natural HGH production down or off if it is injected for a period of time (like steroids)?
By: Kada Klein and Dakota Welch
Hyperlinks weren’t working so here are some links
-Genetic Engineers: https://www.genome.gov/genomiccareers/career.cfm?id=20
-Human Growth Hormone (HGH): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growth_hormone
-Synthetic HGH: https://draxe.com/human-growth-hormone/