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What is transgenics?

Transgenics refers to the movement of genes between organisms of different species.

The transferred gene is called a transgene. Transgenes can alter the phenotype of the receiver.

A transgene can be used by the cell to produce a new protein that the cell could not make before.

There are two important types of transgenics to be aware of:

  • Natural transgenics: Bacteria are capable of transferring genetic material between individuals without reproducing. This is called conjugation.
  • Human uses of transgenics: Scientists are able to create transgenic bacteria, flies and mice! This is called genetic engineering.
Transgenics has been used to make mice that produce fluorescent proteins. They glow under UV light!
Transgenics has been used to make mice that produce fluorescent proteins. They glow under UV light!