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December 20, 2013

I Bred Mice for Medical Testing


It’s all about preserving the genetic lines. Say you have a knockout mouse. That’s a mouse where there’s a gene of interest that you have turned off — you’ve “knocked it out.” And that allows you to see what a gene does, whether that’s the development of the brain, or immune system, or heart and so on. What changes, what makes it different? We’re trying very carefully to preserve that genetic line. - - Modern Farmer

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 20, 2013 9:34 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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My SiL has a PhD in Biology. His dissertation stalled for a year because his mice were so inbreed that they did not know how to reproduce.

Posted by: Fat Man at December 20, 2013 2:15 PM

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