DNA MIXING AND DNA SPLICING BY Erik Welch

We all know that DNA makes up all of our bodies.  So here are some examples of DNA from the Pokemon series to actual reality. However, did you know about the five Pokemon related to DNA? Deoxys, the DNA Pokemon’s Pokedex(if you don’t know what a Pokedex is,it’s an electronic device designed to catalogue and provide information regarding the various species of Pokémon) entry says “ The DNA of a space virus underwent a sudden mutation upon exposure to a laser beam and resulted in Deoxys. The crystalline organ on this Pokémon’s chest appears to be its brain.” Deoxys is a psychic Pokemon, courtesy of its DNA.

Eevee, another DNA Pokemon, can turn into eight different species of pokemon. This is because its DNA reacts to the radiation certain stones provide, along with the radiation from the Sun’s solar rays and the light reflected by the special rocks/dust that coats the surface of the moon. It also is reactive towards the radiant aura exerted by fairy-type(moves that are based off of the moon, usually.) moves.

Three legendary Pokemon known as Kyurem, Zekrom, and Reshiram can mix their DNA together. Zekrom, when merged with Kyurem, makes them turn into black kyurem, a very powerful dragon-ice type combo. When Kyurem is merged with Reshiram, it becomes White Kyurem, another powerful Dragon-Ice type Pokemon. This is thanks to the DNA splicers(an item to combine the Pokemon’s DNA), something that you can get from villains throughout the Pokemon games.

There are many examples of us using DNA in the real world. DNA can be used to identify innocent people and/or criminals by using the DNA Fingerprinting machinery. Every person has a unique DNA fingerprint that is different from everybody else’s DNA. The government might imprison you under a false charge of a crime, but if the DNA at the crime scene does not match yours, they could be sued for unlawful imprisonment.

Identical twins have the same genetic code, while fraternal twins do not. According to ABC news, twins say that one twin committed a crime, then blamed it on the other. The falsely accused twin will most likely be imprisoned, if the twin who committed the crime has an excellent alibi. This is one way DNA can be quite a hassle.

DNA can be used for science experiments as well. For example, in Ms. Messmer’s class about a week ago, we tested our DNA. We had to swish gatorade in our mouths for three minutes, spit it out into a cup, get a test tube, pour it into the test tube, add soap and some of those liquid eye cleaners, and we saw how much DNA we had in our mouths.

DNA mixing can also be used for animal-human hybrid experiments. Another way that we can use DNA is to identify certain plants, venoms, poisons, etc. DNA is in our genes. Heck, DNA is everywhere!

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