China breeds genetically engineered monkey
New Delhi: Chinese scientists said that they have bred the country`s first genetically engineered rhesus monkey, which could lead to development of cures for diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer`s.
Scientists used green fluorescent protein (GFP), a substance that was originally isolated from a jellyfish and implanted transgenic embryos in the uteri of surrogate mother monkeys.
According to Ji Weizhi, a researcher with the Kunming Institute of Zoology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the two monkeys were carrying the GFP gene.
An animal tagged with GFP glows green when exposed to ultraviolet light, proving that a key gene sequence has been switched on, reports The China Daily.
"The work is important because medical researchers have wanted an animal model that is closer to the human anatomy than rodents," said Dr Niu, a member of Weizhi’s team.
Transgenic mice have been the mainstay of pre-clinical lab work and allowed scientists to test their theories before trying them out on human volunteers.
However, it’s a hotbed for controversies, brewed by fears that technology used on primates could be used to create genetically engineered humans.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses Parliament over Kashmir violence
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses Parliament over Kashmir violence – Part II
- I am a Goddess for the weaker section which is making people angry: Mayawati
- Sacked BJP leader Dayashankar to be arrested soon for controversial remark on Mayawati
- Why do politicians show concern about Dalits during elections only?
- When Arshad threw a 'trishul' at Boman and left him bleeding
- Silver price slips below Rs 46,000, down Rs 1,020/kg
- Lactating mothers can reduce risk of diabetes through breastfeeding, says study
- MH370 search team raises prospect plane could lie elsewhere
- World's biggest online piracy site Kickass Torrents shut down, alleged owner arrested