The Genetically Engineered Malaria-Proof Mosquito

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The scientists tagged the gene with a fluorescent marker to ensure it had been inserted.
Scientists in the US have succeeded in genetically engineering a malaria-resistant mosquito.

The researchers, from the University of Arizona, introduced a gene that affected the insect’s gut, meaning the malaria parasite could not develop.

They report the advance, which also reduced the insects’ lifespan, in the journal PLoS Pathogens.

They say that the ultimate goal is to introduce malaria-resistant mosquitoes into the environment…

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China Creates World’s First Genetically Modified Cow

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Yay! Now the world has beefy abominations.

Chinese scientists have created the world’s first genetically modified cow that can give milk rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, Xinhua reported.

“Two embryo-cloned and genetically-modified dairy cows were born June 23 last year. One of the cows has been found to have Omega-3 fatty acid level 10 times higher than a normal cow,” said Li Guangpeng, head of the Biological Technology Laboratory at Inner Mongolia University.

“We did not announce the birth of the cows until now because it has taken time to check the cows’ effective genetic traces,” Li said…

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Mutant Sheep Born With Human Face

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An Abomination of Nature or a Mutation Caused by Blind Industrialization?

A sheep gave birth to a dead lamb with a human-like face. The lamb was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey.

Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed a caesarean on the animal to take the lamb out, but was horrified to see that the features of the lamb’s snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face.

“I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before. I’ve seen a one-eyed calf, a two-headed calf, a five-legged calf. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. His mother could not deliver him so I had to help the animal,” the 29-year-old veterinary said.

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