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Genetic Science - Extended Interviews

In this series, we shall learn about the stunning advances in food productivity and nutritional well-being, brought about by scientifically engineering the genetic blueprints of living organisms from four experts in the field. In popular culture it’s known as the rise of GMOs, in science these genetic-based advances are known as hybridization, genomics, genetic engineering and genome editing.
Kevin Folta, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:31:00

Dr. Folta begins by telling us that “GMO” is a misleading and nonscientific term. He then describes the basics of genomics and how it’s used to produce through hybridization improved strains of plants and animals. He then gives us a primer on genetic engineering and the controversy surrounding it. He then moves on to describe the new techniques of genetic editing which to a large degree mimic natural hybridization. Next he talks about how genetic engineering holds out some hope for the citrus greening disease that is threatening Florida’s orange industry. Dr. Folta concludes with his hopes for attitudinal changes towards genetic engineering and gene editing

Alison van Eenennaam, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:28:00

Dr. van Eenennaam begins by discussing the public confusion surrounding the term GMO. She follows with definitions of genomics, gene engineering and gene editing. Then she takes up animal gene sequencing in depth. This is followed by discussion of how scientists would genetically engineer a new animal. Next she looks at the new technology of gene editing followed by her views on the future of animal genetics. Lastly, Dr. van Eenennaam shows us a genetically engineered goat with a new life-saving characteristic for babies born in Third World countries

William Muir, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:44:00

Dr. Muir opens with an overview of the role genetics is going to play in agricultural sustainability. He then talks about genetics is already making giant strides in improving livestock production. Next he takes up how of the latest genetic information is communicated to the rancher or farmer. Now that most farm animal’s genomes are known the next problem Dr. Muir discusses is how to use that information for greater production. Then he takes up the tricky problem of optimizing more than one production variable at the same time. Then he addresses the question : are there real dangers associated with genetic engineering. He concludes with his own feelings about organic food

Torbert Rocheford, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:12:00

Dr. Rocheford tells a remarkable success story of using modern genomics and technology to bring about nutritional advances in core through traditional hybridization techniques. He starts with describing how he invented orange corn. He then talks about the nutritional and health benefits of orange corn. He moves on to describe how orange corn can overcome cultural issues regarding the acceptance of more nutritional corn in Africa. He then details the prospects of bringing orange corn to the world. Finally Dr. Rocheford gives us his opinion about genetic engineering and genetic editing

Video Programs4
SubjectsScience, Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Economics
Supplemental Files1
Produced By Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Copyright ©2018 Ambrose Video Publishing
Grade Levels10th Grade through Post Secondary
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