GM marsupials may boost neurobiology, cancer studies


Researchers report in Current Biology that they have succeeded in manipulating the gray short-tailed opossums, marking the first time a marsupial genome has been edited, a breakthrough that is expected to advance research into human neurology, immunology and reproduction. The team developed a technique for overcoming difficulty with breeding and accessing the genome itself, and they were able to produce litters of albino pups, a finding that could pave the way for research into cancer, T-cell function and more.

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