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While there are some people out there trying to kickstop genetically modified organisms from being created, the progress of biotechnology doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Researchers are coming up with all kinds of new ways to look at mysterious biological processes, and here are just a few examples.
- Transparent brains could help neuroscientists visualize details of neurons at a molecular level. The process removes all the fat from a brain to make it transparent, and the technique could be applied to other organs as well. [url]
- Genes from jellyfish have created a bunch of glow-in-the-dark animals — such as cats, dogs, fish, sheep, pigs, monkeys and rabbits. This research isn’t just for fun (though kids might want a glow-in-the-dark pet someday) because the ability to insert genes from other species could lead to better ways to treat certain diseases, and glowing proteins give researchers an obvious way to mark genetically modified cells. [url]
- Researchers have found a way to study magnetic sensory cells in fish. These magnetic cells allow fish (and presumably similar cells in migratory birds) to navigate vast distances by sensing the Earth’s magnetic field. [url]
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