This article will bring you to the list of the fascinating examples of genetically modified animals. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it giving you some interesting information. What does genetically modified animal? – you could ask. Here is the definition: genetic engineering scientists manipulate genes to create improved or completely different organisms. Why are people doing that in the first place? There are several reasons which are every now and then being debated. Proponents of genetic modifications argue that by creating genetically modified animals, they are helping the humanity. Altering animals’ DNA brings results needed for development of medicines and even organs for transplantation. With the human population growing rapidly, scientists are growing genetically modified animals for food, i.e., they are trying to produce species with more muscle or meat.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three fascinating examples of genetically modified animal of from their list.
The first one is Glow-in-the-dark animals. Would you believe there are plenty of them? Mice, cats, rabbits — the list is long. The secret is in the fluorescent jellyfish protein. As for a reason, the original would be that scientists are tracing how diseases are passed on from generation to generation. The item on our list is rather funny for me. Uhmmm….. Low-fart cows. Low-fart cows…. We simply had to include these environmentally friendly cows into our list of 10 fascinating examples of genetically modified animals. These cows produce 25% less of methane than the average cow. Methane from cows is actually a greenhouse gas. At last, but not least there are the silk spinning goats. What is a web-spinning goat? Sometimes you gotta wonder where do scientists get these ideas. Who was it that first asked himself/herself: Can goats produce silk? Not any kind of silk, mind you. Spider silk. What is spider goat silk used for anyway? Spider silk is essential for science and medicine. Obviously, spiders can’t make enough of it. Hence the goats. Just don’t confuse them with transgenic goats. They are receiving not a spider, but human genes in order to produce proteins in milk that can treat diseases.