Scientists Place Jellyfish Genes Into Monkeys

This article is about they installation of jellyfish genes in monkey embryos that might eventually be used to create monkeys with added human genes. This technique would allow the genes to be studied which could eventually develop for treating human diseases. But, there is said to be a problem which may cause problems having to do with reproductive technology. If scientists indeed add genes to monkey embryos, then they can also add the genes to human embryos which will cause emotional fraught issues in human genetic engineering. What stood out to researchers is that the process of exerting jellyfish genes into monkeys is quite simple and highly effective in monkeys. These genes can correct diseases and prevent them such as an Aids resistance gene and Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists worry that if the process works on monkeys, humans will want this gene. This is a problem because very few people will be able to afford such genetic engineering. This experiment began by mixing jellyfish genes with sperm cells from rhesus monkeys and the genes stuck naturally to the outside of the sperm cells. Then, scientists attempted to use those sperm to fertilize eggs. The genes encoded instructions for a protein that gives jellyfish a green glow. It got into the monkey embryos and worked functioned correctly.

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/23/us/scientists-place-jellyfish-genes-into-monkeys.html

Marina Bryant

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