Thursday, May 28, 2009

Green Glowing Monkeys!

Monkeys' genes altered for study of diseases

Los Angeles Times — Scientists have created the first genetically modified monkeys that can pass their new genetic attributes to their offspring, a development designed to give researchers new tools for studying human disease, but one that raises a host of thorny ethical questions.
In this case, the Japanese researchers added genes that caused the animals to glow green under a fluorescent light and beget offspring with the same spooky ability. They hope to use the technique to produce animals with Parkinson's, Huntington's and other diseases.
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Green-glowing monkeys have green-glowing babies

Reuters — Japanese researchers have genetically engineered monkeys whose hair roots, skin and blood glow green under a special light, and who have passed on their traits to their offspring, the first time this has been achieved in a primate.
They spliced a jellyfish gene into common marmosets, and said on Wednesday they hope to use their colony of glowing animals to study human Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.
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Glowing monkeys spark genetic engineering debate

London Daily Mail — The creation of monkeys that 'glow in the dark' has sparked an ethical storm.
The designer marmosets carry a gene that causes their skin, hair roots and blood to glow green under ultraviolet light.
What makes this a world first is that scientists were able to show that the monkeys can pass on the gene to other generations.
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