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Adding organelles to a cell.

  1. Jan 24, 2004 #1
    Is it at all possible through genetic engineering, or through physically transplanting one, to add more mitochondria, vaculous, ribosomes etc. to existing cells, assuming they were simmilar enough to the current ones to not be viewed as invaders?
     
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  3. Jan 24, 2004 #2
    What if you geneticly engineered a "parasitic" organelle? You could create an organelle with its own DNA that made its home upon an existing cell, taking its needs for survival from that cell. It could be essentially another nucleus, but empty of DNA- strands of DNA could be encased in "hormones" of a sort specific to this organelle. We could then inject the correct DNA hormones and then inject one that starts the process, and the parasitic organelle would begin production of things based on that DNA. We could even have it reroute things going to the regular nucleus...

    In which case we could program our parasitic organelle to produce mitochondria or whatever we want, couldn't we?
     
  4. Jan 25, 2004 #3

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    Oh, it happens, new people are made that way already. Some woman don't have enough mitochondria in their egg cells, so either the nucleus of that woman is transplanted to an egg cell of another female, or cytoplasm of another female is added to the woman's egg.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2004 #4

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    Why would you want to make parasitic organelles? It takes a lot of work to accomplish and doesn't serve a purpose. To produce mitochondria, you could just insert the correct genes in the already working genome..
     
  6. Jan 30, 2004 #5

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    This migth interresting

    http://www.biomedcentral.com/news/20040130/01
     
  7. Feb 1, 2004 #6

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    yay Australia
     
  8. Feb 2, 2004 #7
    what would happen if you took out the nuclei of many animal cells and injected into them the nuclei of identical plant cells, and put these cells together. i know that they will all grow cell walls, but will their walls fuse together in the test like they do in regular plants?
     
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