genetics

New, controversial animal hybrid research may one day save lives

New, controversial animal hybrid research may one day save lives
February 8, 2017

It's not news of a flying car, a laser gun or a jetpack, but two major studies of a different subject published this week that seem to have walked off the page of a science fiction novel. Scientists have created hybrid animals: one animal containing cells and organs from another.

A Model Fish: Lesson Plan

Because all vertebrates have a common ancestor, the process of development from egg to embryo is the same for both humans and fish. Learn how scientists use the ghostly transparent strand of zebrafish to test hypotheses on a fish instead of a human. Two sets of academic researchers better understand therapies and cancers by using this model organism.

Super Fruit

Blueberries are nature's super fruit, packed with fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. Blueberries are also a big industry for North Carolina. Now scientists are working to decode the blueberry genome and create the super blueberry bush, which would help the state's blueberry industry.

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