Why do scientists want to splice DNA? What's the point? What can we do when we move DNA from one organism to another?
Every living thing has DNA. Any piece of DNA from any organism can be read by any other organism, and this makes it possible for researchers to splice genes from one organism into another. The genes from jellyfish that makes the animals fluorescent can be transferred into any other living thing and make it glow.
Genes from jellyfish that make them glow...
...can be spliced into the genomes of many different organisms that scientists use in the lab, like yeast, worms, flies, and even rabbits and mice. This spliced genes can make these animals glow too!
How do people transfer genes from one organism to another? Let's talk about how synthetic biologists use BioBricks as a way to move pieces of DNA around.