The world’s first animal with artificial information in its genetic code has been created by scientists.
The technique could throw open the possibility for scientists to create new, man-made properties in a wide range of animals.
Using this method, scientists could be granted ‘atom-by-atom control’ over molecules in living things.
Researchers from Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge modified the genetic code of nematode worms, 1mm long invertebrates with just a thousand cells in their transparent bodies.
The team proved their results using a fluorescent dye – the artificial protein they introduced into the worms’ DNA contained a fluorescent dye that glows cherry red under ultraviolet light.
For the method to have worked, the protein should be replicated in every cell of the worms’ bodies, so that the worms light up completely under the rays.
If the technique failed, there would be no glow.