Shocks: First Gene-Edited Dogs Reported in China!

Man’s best friend is now his newest genetic engineering project. Scientists in China say they are the first to use gene editing to produce ‘customized’ dogs. Researchers created beagles that have double the amount of muscle mass by deleting a certain gene. The genetically-engineered, super strong beagles named Hercules and Tiangou are believed to be stronger than any ordinary dog. dogsx519 Shocks: First Gene Edited Dogs Reported in China! To develop these ‘super dogs’, the scientists took out the myostatin gene. If that is inhibited, animals can gain significantly more muscle mass and become much stronger than usual. Their purpose in developing these dogs is to make them run and move faster. Liangxue Lai, one of the researchers on the project, told the MIT magazine that the dogs have “more muscles and are expected to have stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police (military) applications”. ‘super strong’ dogs with DNA manipulation 3 Shocks: First Gene Edited Dogs Reported in China! Lai and 28 colleagues reported their results last week in the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology, saying they intend to create dogs with other DNA mutations, including ones that mimic human diseases such as Parkinson’s and muscular dystrophy. “The goal of the research is to explore an approach to the generation of new disease dog models for biomedical research,” says Lai. “Dogs are very close to humans in terms of metabolic, physiological, and anatomical characteristics.” Lai said his group had no plans breed to breed the extra-muscular beagles as pets. Other teams, however, could move quickly to commercialize gene-altered dogs, potentially editing their DNA to change their size, enhance their intelligence, or correct genetic illnesses. A different Chinese Institute, BGI, said in September it had begun selling miniature pigs, created via gene editing, for $1,600 each as novelty pets. The Chinese beagle project was led by Lai and Gao Xiang, a specialist in genetic engineering of mice at Nanjing University. The dogs are being kept at the Guangzhou General Pharmaceutical Research Institute, which says on its website that it breeds more than 2,000 beagles a year for research. Beagles are commonly used in biomedical research in both China and the U.S.This genetic anomaly can happen naturally in whippets, creating extra muscular ‘bully whippets’. How about you? Would you have your dog modified? Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/542616/first-gene-edited-dogs-reported-in-china/ http://www.viral4real.com/super-strong-dogs-with-dna-manipulation/

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