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Unusual Things Scientists Did With DNA for the First Time

By Farzana Patowari, 29 November 2017


We are familiar with DNA, i.e., deoxyribonucleic acid. It is the hereditary material which is found in every human being. We are told that most DNA is located in the cell nucleus, but a small amount of DNA can also be found in the mitochondria. One more thing which we might have come through it is the code which makes the DNA information.

The four chemical bases are adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), and thymine (T). But have you ever thought what scientists would have found when the discovered DNA? Isn’t it interesting to know about the initial stages of the discovery of DNA? Scientists are using DNA for various things. Be it lameness or any severe blood dress. Be it tanning, music or even criminal investigation, DNAs are part of everything. Their presence can be felt almost everywhere. Want to know the interesting facts about DNA, keep scrolling down.

1To cure lameness in Horses

DNA can cure lameness in Horses. Yes, it is true; DNA can be used to cure lameness. Lameness takes place due to neurologic or mechanical dysfunction. Mostly it is found in racehorses, sports horses, and pleasure horses. DNA succeeds in doing so. Once scientists took two genes and applied a test. Fortunately, the injury healed up. The horses were back to their respective places soon. Don’t you think it is a great help for the owner who could have suffered great financial losses due to this disease?

cure lameness in Horses

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2Paintbrush genes of butterflies

Once scientists were experimenting with DNA of butterflies, the consequence so came was jaw-dropping. They found only two genes named WntA and optics. Both were behaving like an artist. One was drawing the outlines of a picture while the other was busy coloring it in.

The scientists were so influenced that they named the pair as “paintbrush gene.” They continued researching and found something fascinating. When one of the genes used to vanish, colors were disappeared, and that’s when Butterflies turned into gray or black color. These genes are responsible for many major evolutionary changes and abilities in butterflies.

Paintbrush genes of butterflies

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3Genes to solve severe blood disorder


Credits should be given to Chinese scientists who created human embryos in the laboratory. It had a mission of rehabilitating a patient who suffered from beta-thalassemia. It was a genetic disease which needed to be cured anyhow. The vision was to cure this dangerous blood disorder. They worked a lot and scanned the three billion “letters” of the human genetic code to find the problem. After so much experimentation, they succeeded in getting the solution for the problem. The used base editor, and it worked. They are quite sure to apply this to other issues as well.

Genes to solve severe blood disorder

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