Thursday, May 28, 2009

Glow in the dark monkey

I got this from yahoo news: Japanese researches have genetically engineered the world's first 'glow in the dark' monkeys. The monkeys have hair roots, skin and blood glow green under a special light. The breakthrough could lead to new research in neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, despite ethical concerns issue among some scientists. 

Five transgenic marmosets were made from eggs that had been modified using a fluorescent jellyfish gene. Professor Hideyuki Okana from Keio University of School Medicine says monkeys make better models for studying human diseases than mice or rats.

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草(sou) said...

They are very cute monkeys:)
Are they the experimental materials of the genetic research?
I think that their lives are also the important though it is important to cure man's sickness...

Rashai said...

Hi Sou,

Yes they are kind of genetically modified experimental monkeys, hope the research really works out something good for human life.