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Transgenic Fish developed at the University of Rhode Island

Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 1:56 pm by
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Transgenic fish have been developed by Terry Bradley at the University of Rhode Island. A 10-year scientific effort by Bradley and his team, yielded transgenic rainbow trout displaying enhanced muscle growth. After spending 500 hours injecting 20,000 rainbow trout eggs with several DNA types designed to inhibit myostatin. The fish spawned from these eggs developed “six pack abs”, even though fish do not have abdominal muscles. The fish also displayed enlarged shoulder muscle, with an overall total of 15-20 percent increase in muscle mass.

The fish seem to exhibit normal behavior, said Bradley, who believes that “The results have significant implications for commercial aquaculture and provide completely novel information on the mechanisms of fish growth. The results also allow for comparisons between the mechanisms of growth of muscle in mammals versus fish, and it could shed light on muscle wasting diseases in humans.”

[via 3reef.com uri.edu]

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7 Responses to “Transgenic Fish developed at the University of Rhode Island”

  1. Matt Rogers says:

    You’ve been reading 3reef again! 🙂

  2. Matt Rogers says:

    Haha… stay away from those fish… they will kick our ass.

  3. Reef Tools says:

    That one was flexing at the camera. Looks like he does his push-ups

  4. Stacy A White says:

    It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature…

  5. Matt Rogers says:

    Indeed! 🙂 It is saying ‘ I whant to pump you up!’

  6. Reef Tools says:

    LOL, more like “try to eat me. Go ahead, make my day”

  7. Matt Rogers says:

    Seriously.

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