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A Perspective on Bioengineering by Peggy BarnettThere is an expression, which is no longer commonly used, that states, "You can't see the forest for the trees". It means, of course, that by examining pieces of the larger whole exclusively, the meaning of the larger entity is lost.Genetics and bioengineering is, by design, the study and implementation of processes upon pieces of the whole.
though the true nature of the gene
as an entity, has not been exclusively studied
and is, therefore, not well known
causative effects of genes, located on specific parts of chromosome threads in the nucleus of a cell, is extensively studied and acted upon.
This lack of knowledge of the larger whole (gene to chromosome thread to nucleus to cell to cell subgroup to cell subgroup section to cell group sections to organ, for example) is similar to understanding the use and effects of a particular tree in the forest without fully understanding how that tree interacts with the other trees in the forest.
Is the tree in unison with the trees that surround it, in competition with them or overtly antagonistic towards them? Any tree can be planted in a forest.
Is it native to the larger forest, or is it alien? If it is alien, will it exhibit, over time, the encroachment that occurs with what is termed effects of invasive species?