They spin in their cages and don’t interact. The scientists who created autistic monkeys say they’ll now try to cure them.
Scientists in China say they used genetic engineering to create monkeys with a version of autism, an achievement that could make it easier to test treatments but that raises thorny practical and ethical questions over how useful such animal models will be.
SUMMARY: "Tiny pigs, created by genetic editing techniques pioneered by Chinese scientists, are set to be sold as pets soon, triggering a row between animal rights groups and scientists."
Tiny pigs, created by genetic editing techniques pioneered by Chinese scientists, are set to be sold as pets soon, triggering a row between animal rights groups and scientists.
Some say the creation of pet micro-pigs could cause considerable pain to the animals. Others say the use of gene editing techniques would be an improvement in standard animal breeding methods and cause less suffering.
NW RAGE Note: This idea just highlights, yet again, the problem with this reductionist ideology of genetic engineering; namely that we can engineer our way out of any problems that we as humans create. We know the answers to deal with endangered species, namely protect habitat and enlarge it.
SUMMARY: "Scientists have been talking about how to save species from extinction and about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for a long time. Now, they are combining the two and talking about genetically modifying wild animals to help them survive changing environments."
SUMMARY: "Uruguay has a ‘flock’ of nine six-month ‘brilliant’ lambs which behave as any other sheep but are really genetically modified and are planned to help with medicine research. They were born in a farm belonging to the Animal Reproduction Institute of Uruguay (Irauy) a non profit organization connected to the Genetically Modified Animals Unit from the Pasteur Institute, a branch in Montevideo of the renowned French scientific organization."
SUMMARY: "Thirteen organisations from Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain are about to file a joint opposition against a patent on genetically engineered chimpanzees granted to the US company, Altor. Patent EP1409646 was granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) in June 2012. It allows chimpanzees to be manipulated to make their DNA similar to that of humans, and then used in pharmaceutical research. The joint opposition argues that this patent violates ethical provisions in patent law.