The second Unit in my text book was about different themes, which were concerned with the main one – Patents for living creatures. I answered some questions. But this wasn’t interesting for me…
What types of food do you think are often genetically modified?
I think the most genetically modified food is vegetables. Maybe because it seems me less challenging for changing them or growing some greens using the new technologies of our century. Also I can’t imagine how it will be possible to create a genetic meat without animals, which we love to eat: cows, chickens, pigs, rabbits and the others… The scientists can change their genes, sure, but to grow them in the laboratory, I don’t think so.
Have you ever eaten genetically modified food?
I really don’t know. But if company isn’t write it on the packs doesn’t mean there is no other genes inside.
How did you know?
How was it different from normal food?
All food which I eat are fine and normal for me on my taste.
Did you hear about a company that wants to patent genetically modified salmon?
No, I didn’t.
How do you think this salmon might be different from an ordinary salmon?
I don’t think we will be able to see or to feel the differences between the real salmon and the genetically modified salmon Though maybe the second one could be a little bit larger and thicker. Living things: if the application will approved and companies will have patent, we will eat the new sort of salmon and couldn’t change it. Will we really understand the difference on the market…I don’t think so…
The other block was about the inventions.
- An invention that changed history
- The positive and negative effects of television
- Something that wasn’t possible before electric lights
- Something that a cell phone can’t do yet
- An invention that comes from your country
The 4 important inventions of last century for our today:
The light bulb (Thomas Edison, USA, 1879)
The electric light, one of the everyday conveniences that most affects our lives, was not “invented” in the traditional sense in 1879 by Thomas Alva Edison, although he could be said to have created the first commercially practical incandescent light.
The automobile (Gottlied Daimler, Germany, 1889)
In 1769 the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot. In 1807 François Isaac de Rivaz designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine fuelled by hydrogen.
The Internet (US Goverment, 1969)
The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide.
The cell phones (Martin Cooper, USA, 1973)
The first handheld mobile phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing c. 4.4 lbs (2 kg). In 1983, the DynaTAC 8000x was the first commercially available handheld mobile phone.