While glowing monkeys always catch Outliers attention, we are now being told they might not be a good thing. At least according to the good folks at the Center for Genetics and Society, who are perturbed by what Japanese researchers have wrought at the Central Institute for Experimental Animals in Kawasaki. Although it isnt exactly the glowing theyre worried about.
Outliers: A tale of gleaming monkeys
The institute recently announced that it has developed a genetically modified primate that not only glows a vivid green under ultraviolet light but may also be able to pass along genes for human diseases such as Parkinsons and Huntingtons.
The primate in question is the South American marmoset, a small monkey known to breed like rabbits, but the Center for Genetics believes its similarity to humans is too close for comfort.
The development of techniques to modify the genes of primates across generations raises the issue of human inheritable genetic modification, said Marcy Darnovsky, the centers associate executive director in a news release. Responsibly conducted animal research holds potential to reduce suffering, but there is no justification for human inheritable genetic modification. The center noted that 44 countries prohibit the use of animals with human inheritable genetic modification, and urged the U.S. to do the same.
In other cloning news, the center posted a blog item concerning financial adviser Suze Orman giving her blessing on her TV show to a call-in viewers question about whether he could afford to clone his Great Dane.
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