New Frog Species
The GMO I chose to do was the see through frog. These see through frogs were created so we could we could see the inside of the frog and observes its organs without dissecting it. For a long time they had tried to figure out what recessive gene would make them as transparent as possible. Though the first test subject was slightly yellow it was still see through even as a tadpole. This new breed of frog was bred with a Japanese brown frog called Rana japonica. They crossed black eyed and red eyed recessive frogs to create a translucent skin tone.
Take Your Stance
Masayuki Sumida, the Japanese scientist who led the team that created the see through frog, was over joyed with the results that he was able to make, however some people were not quite as enthusiastic. Sense the frog is now see through, scientists are injecting the frogs with diseases to see how they manifest. Whenever the disease is injected, they are able to track where it goes and what happens while its in a living organism. Needless to say it's cause it in uproar in the animal activist world. They are creating a frog that cannot survive in the wild, just to kill it off. On top of that, transparent frogs can only breed for one generation. If second generation see through frogs try to breed, their offspring's die. Scientists have yet to figure out why the first see through frogs never get to see their grandchildren.
On the other side of this argument, it's proving to be quite beneficial. Sense they are able to see how it acts in a living organism, they can work to provide a cure. There is no need to dissect the frog sense they can see through to where and how the diesease manifest. They're also putting illuminating dye in the frog so they can see where the diesease is at all times. In the article Transparent Frog , it states,"Professor Sumida says, “Transparent frogs will prove useful as laboratory animals because they make it easier and cheaper to observe the development and progress of cancer, the growth and aging of internal organs, and the effects of chemicals on organs.” Also there's noneed for frog dissections now because you can see through to their organs. Teachers can now have see through frogs rather than having to do a dissection lab. It also is causing the price to go down of medical research such as finding a cure for cancer. Since we can see the inside of the frog, there's no need to constantly buy new frogs or buy dissecting materials.