Transparent Frog to Aid in Research Progress: Japanese Scientists Hopeful

by Venkatraman on Oct 3 2007 4:12 PM

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.

Masayuki Sumida of Hiroshima University said the transparent frog makes on-going research of genetic growth and cancer development possible without dissecting frogs.

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.