Just as a clarification for anyone who isn't a microbiology/genetics college student/graduate, the reasoning behind the glowing is that the fluorescent gene acts as a tag for other genes. So say you want to insert a gene that protects against some disease and want an easy way to know if the gene inserted. You use a fluorescent tag to show success or failure. I just thought I would clarify that because I know most of my friends who haven't taken a genetics lab class have no idea why scientists make things glow, lol.Transgenic research actually has potential to be very useful. They may be able to get pigs and such to grow human organs for transplants and all kinds of other cool stuff. The idea is that jellyfish genes (at least this is the story for similar transgenic chicks and mice) can be expressed in other animals. Pretty cool if you ask me.
See, I've used this glow method with bacteria and some weird little plant. That doesn't really bother me as I don't think that plants feel pain and suffering like animals do (some apparently do). Making a puppy glow so that humans can study disease is ridiculous, in my mind. Like the world needs humans to live until they're 115...what, just so we can continue to use resources that we can't replace? Humans are far too selfish. Poor dogs I've gotten so many lectures in classes about ethics...too bad many scientists don't think ethics apply to animals, too."Ruppy is transgenic, meaning she has genes from another animal. Scientists said they hope this will pave the way to model human diseases in dogs, whose relatively long life-span could make them better study subjects than other animals."
I agree I hope someone will do something about that... Poor guys!that is just terrible. the thought of more animals are being tested for humans to gain a few more years of existence on this earth makes me sick. i feel horrible about this!
no animal should give their lives for us, and sadly it continues.
This is the quote from the article:
"Ruppy is transgenic, meaning she has genes from another animal. Scientists said they hope this will pave the way to model human diseases in dogs, whose relatively long life-span could make them better study subjects than other animals."
can u imagine the life of an animal created to be tested on? i doubt they are allowed to live happy normal lives...how sad and horrifying.
i would rather die in my 40's or 50's than have puppies tested on to prolong my life to 80.
Do you want to volunteer your dogs for the rabies trial study? Unfortunatley, some testing is unavoidable.I love all the animals of our planet earth and I believe that animal testing of ALL kinds is barbaric, inhumane and should be outlawed immediately. Leave the dogs alone and let them live their lives as they should.
all I can do is shake my head at this news. What's amazing to me is that animal research doesn't actually tell us as much information as we think it does. Here we go again anything to torture the little pups, and keep them as lab animals.
In fact, most animal experiments are done on animals that are nothing like human beings - rats and mice - which undermines the argument that these experiments are a reliable guide to human reactions. Scientifically, as well as morally, most animal experimentation is to be rejected - the reaction of a mouse to a substance is no guide to human reactions. Each species has its own unique physiology. And the more similar an animal is to a human being - e.g. a chimpanzee - the more intelligent and sentient it is, and so the more immoral it is to treat is as a disposable and worthless biological object. The advent of genetic technologies has made possible all sorts of new and horrific acts of animal exploitation, from cloning sheep to creating mutant and hybrid creatures with no dignity or quality of life at all. We should end animal experimentation before things get even worse. It is only acceptable to test human medicines on human beings if they give their consent. Non-human animals are never able to give such consent. It is therefore never acceptable to test medicines on perfectly healthy animals, even if the treatments are for use on other animals.