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tak3510 itch 09-27-2012 11:16 AM

Silencing of selected genes is often done using RNA interference (RNAi)....
 
...Which of the following question would? Silencing of selected genes is often done using RNA interference (RNAi). Which of the following question would not be answered with this process?
A) Will the disabling of this gene in Drosophila and in a mouse cause similar results?
B) What is the function of gene 432 in this species of annelid?
C) Is the gene on Drosophila chromosome 2L at this locus responsible for part of its production of nitrogen waste?
D) Is gene HA292 responsible for this disorder in humans?
E) What will happen in this insect's digestion if gene 173 is not able to be translated?

QuestioningGuy 09-27-2012 11:16 AM

I imagine the answer is D, because you could not silence the genes of an entire person's somatic cells with current technology. The best you could do would be to modify the genomes of the zygotes after artificial insemination, which is quite the ethical dilemma.

In short, D because it is essentially impossible to silence genes in humans.


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