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Transparent Frog to Aid in Research Progress: Japanese Scientists Hopeful

by Venkatraman on  October 3, 2007 at 4:12 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Transparent Frog to Aid in Research Progress: Japanese Scientists Hopeful
Japanese scientists have successfully created the first transparent frog that will assist research on genetic developments and cancerous growths. The half-albino frog with grey eyes, created by matching recessive genes, has transparent skin with its internal organs visible from the outside.
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Masayuki Sumida of Hiroshima University said the transparent frog makes on-going research of genetic growth and cancer development possible without dissecting frogs.

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Although scientists have created transparent fish before, the frog is the first four-legged transparent creature.

Unfortunately, the same technique would not apply to other four-legged creatures due to a different nature of skin cells, Sumida said.

But he is hopeful that the transparent frog can further advance research into the treatment of cancer and other illnesses.

Source: IANS
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