Genetically Modified Dogs Have Twice The Muscle Mass of Normal Dogs
Maybe you are for or against experiments like this and certainly the fact that is being done in China maybe says something, would this be allowed in the UK or US, in fact anywhere else in the developed world? I personally don’t agree with this type of experimentation on dogs and the next steps in this process but the Science shows what can be done if you edit the genes of these dogs. This type of gene modification can occur naturally in Whippets. See the video below of Wendy the Whippet.
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The scientists create beagles that have double the amount of muscle mass by deleting a certain gene, reports the MIT Technology Review. The mutant dogs have “more muscles and are expected to have stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police (military) applications”, Liangxue Lai, one of the researchers on the project, told the magazine.
Now the team hope to go on to create other modified dogs, including those that are engineered to have human diseases like muscular dystrophy or Parkinson’s. Since dogs’ anatomy is similar to those of humans’, intentionally creating dogs with certain human genetic traits could allow scientists to further understand how they occur.
Wendy the Whippet has the same Genetic modification that can occur naturally but only in whippets. She’s known the ‘strongest dog in the world’
To create the dogs, researchers edit out the myostatin gene. If that is inhibited, animals can gain significantly more muscle mass and become much stronger than usual.
Recent developments in genome editing allow scientists to edit out or change genes relatively easily. The scientists said that the muscular dogs were mostly a proof of concept, and that they hope to go on to create more edited dogs.