• Question: How do you make Human Growth Hormone, In a Medicine Form ? e.g (for people who don't produce enough themseleves)

    Asked by nav1 to John, Vicky on 23 Mar 2012.
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      Vicky Young answered on 23 Mar 2012:


      So its made by a process called recombinant DNA technology.

      Recombinant DNA (rDNA) is when genes or DNA is inserted into the DNA of a microorganism (like a bacteria) and the microrgaism uses this gene to make whatever it is the gene makes. For example there is a gene for Human Growth Hormone. What scientists did was put this gene into the DNA of a bacteria and let the bacteria make lots of human growth hormone.

      We can then collect all the human growth hormone and use it as a medicine!

      Its pretty cool science (: