7 Mutant Animals Created by (Mad) Science: Amazing or Disturbing?
5. Dolly the SheepCredit: National Museum of Scotland.
The world's first mammal cloned from an adult cell was created in 1996 and died in 2003, living about half as long as a typical sheep. She developed a lung disease common in older sheep.
Dolly the Sheep was cloned at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland, and never left. Today, Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, the scientist who cloned Dolly from a mammary cell (Parton the pun), is working on using human skin cells to treat diseases like Parkinson's, the Times Online reports.
6. Fast-Growing SalmonCredit: LA Times. AquaBounty, a Waltham, Massachusetts, company is developing AquAdvantage Salmon— designed to grow twice as fast as traditional salmon.
The company says the advanced-hybrid Super Salmon would be good for inland fish farming, and diminish the need for ocean pens. And the fish are sterile (fingers crossed), so there's no need to worry about them escaping to the wild. Just as a reminder, Asian carp got into Illinois rivers after fish farms flooded.
The salmon pictured above grew big on its own.
7. GenpetsCredit: Genpets.com.
The Genpet packaged above is, thankfully, a hoax. But, for how long?
"While the Genpets hang on the store shelves they are in a form of hibernation. Each Genpet package has a special nutrient feeding tube attached to it, supplying our specially formulated mix and keeping them healthy and asleep," according to a Genpets features section.
Genpets are created using a process called "Zygote Micro Injection," the same technique behind some of the creatures described above.
Snopes, an urban myth debunking web site, says Genpets are actually the creation of a Canadian commercial artist who wanted to raise awareness about bioengineering and what the future may hold.
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