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Venomous Cabbage

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Alex Borders

on 8 February 2013

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It is concluded that after this purification process that the venom only affects insects, such as caterpillars by attacking the nervous and barely does any harm on human cells. Since the blackbirds aren't able to eat caterpillars because the population is declining, the blackbirds' population will also begin to decrease due to starvation. This will continue to effect the food web starting with their prey of the blackbirds. Since there will be less birds to eat the mosquitoes, then the mosquito population will dramatically increase.
This will possibly cause an increased percentage of viruses in the area because more mosquito's will spread diseases quicker. Common disease's spread by Mosquito's:
Malaria
West Nile
Yellow Fever
Rift Valley Fever What do I think.... ? Venom comes from Androctonus Australis Hector and its modified venom is called AaIT.This substance attacks the motor nerves of insects.
The venom is made of 70 amino acids and can originally cause necrosis and tissue damage. 4 partially complementary oligonucleotides (nucleic acid polymer) were designed and synthesized according to the nucleotide sequence shown The sequence of the entire Aait coding was found through annealing(method of creating the complementary side with one side of Dna/Rna) and filling Red winged blackbirds commonly feast on the caterpillars and larvae that live off of cabbage. The venom will kill many of the caterpillars, meaning that the blackbirds' food source will diminish. If it is possible, engineering a plant so it produces a protein that the insects specifically don’t like so it still has a chance of living would be better.
However, I feel as though this method of warding off insects can be justified. This is used to prevent the use of pesticides, and we have learned the effects of these chemicals in nature through biomagnification and bioaccumulation. Therefore, if this solution is economically convenient and ecologically more beneficial than the use of pesticides, it might be the right way to go. Works Cited:

Nature.com. Nature Publishing Group, n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2013.

"Genetic Tools." Genetic Tools Genetic Engineering Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2013.

"Result Filters." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2013. By Alex Borders and Wesley Zhang Venomous Cabbage

by Alex Borders
and Wesley Zhang First the actual venom of the scorpion has to be engineered to be harmless to humans, then this venom must be implemented into the cabbage. THANK YOU!!!!
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