A common question we hear about biotechnology deals with the actual process of genetic modification: How do we know an inserted gene does only what it is supposed to do? On our GMO Answers site, Dr. Alan McHughen, a molecular geneticist and professor at the University of California, Riverside, explains that genetic modification works only because all living things use the same genetic language, so a human gene transferred to bacteria will work the same way in the bacteria as it does in humans.
Read more about how genes are like recipes and how inserted genes tell the cell exactly what it is supposed to do.
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