Saturday, September 22, 2007

Extremely rare transparent frog created in Japan

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A research team led by professor Masayuki Sumidaat Hiroshima University’s Institute for Amphibian Biology has created a type of transparent frogwhose internal organs are visible through its skin.

The researchers say the see-through frogs can help in the study of diseases and in the development of medical treatments by allowing laboratory scientists to check the status of internal organs and blood vessels while the frogs are alive and without having to dissect them.

According to Sumida, the transparent frog is the result of breeding two specimens of Japanese brown frog (Rana japonica) that had a genetic mutation giving them pale skin. By selectively breeding their offspring, the researchers were able to create a frog that remains transparent for its entire life cycle. [Quoted from Pink Tentacle]

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