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The sheep were genetically modified. Fluorescent gel, extracted from glowing jellyfish, was implanted in the sheep’s DNA. That modification produced an offspring that glows in the dark.
But is this only to proof that it's possible?
In 2002, National Geographic reported on mice that have been engineered to express a Jelly Fish Gene that causes their cells to fluoresce when exposed to blue light4. Every cell in the body contains the gene and will fluoresce, albeit there is some variation between individuals as to brightness of the fluorescence. Fluorescent mice are helpful in studying such diseases as Alzheimer's. By looking at the pattern of fluorescence in the brain, researchers are able to determine the exact nerve clusters used in processing sensory input, even from a single whisker5 enabling much closer mapping of the brain. This information extrapolated to humans could provide light on "more effective treatments for neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's5."
Originally posted by luciddream
reply to post by rickymouse
I think its a test to see how far a gene manipulation can help.
Imagine targeting cancer cell, nothing but the cancer cell. Or growing a missing Limp on a fetus, a heart, a kidney... etc
Right now, the drugs we take are taken for the WHOLE BODY, not the affected area.
For example, taking Tylenol for headache does not mean the Tylenol goes directly to your head, it goes to your blood stream and SOME of it goes to your head, thus you get the effect, but imagine a pill that just targets your headache? that would be perfection.
This is not a good comparison but it is sort of what they are doing in the sheep experiment.
Sad part is, the field of biotechnology is actually advancing slowly... because too many political and moral issue they have to tackle....If i had my own country, i would support biotechnology, and even offer to clone myself.