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The first genetically modified primates that can pass their modifications to their offpsring have been created by Japanese scientists.
The marmosets, pictured above, express a green fluorescent protein in their skin. The gene for producing the glow was delivered to the first marmoset embryos via a modified virus. But now that modification method could become unnecessary. One male marmoset, number 666, fathered a child (pictured at right) that also contained the transgenes.
“The birth of this transgenic marmoset baby is undoubtedly a milestone,” developmental biologists Gerald Schatten and Shoukhrat Mitalipov at the Pittsburgh Development Center and Oregon Stem Cell Center, respectively wrote in a commentary accompanying the study Thursday in Nature. “The cumbersome and often frustrating process of making a transgenic animal from scratch need now only occur with founder animals.”
Originally posted by reticledc
Why don't the figure out something useful, like making a urine stream glow, so guys don't need a light to aim?
Seriously, though, genetically modifying animals with viruses, HELLO!!
What are these idiots thinking? And handling them with nothing but rubber gloves?
These cute little creatures still have teeth and saliva.