Saturday, October 31, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Remember the 1990's thriller movie "Man's Best Friend"? Where a genetically mutated dog escape from the lab of a mad with the help of an animal rights advocate. It's now happening according to a report from "MIT Technology Review"
Scientist said that using a naturally occurring DNA mutation in the myostatin gene results to more muscled whippets. They have found out how to simulate this gene mutation in other breeds of dogs and have used it to create beagles that have twice the normal muscle mass.
Liangxue Lai, a researcher with the Key Laboratory of Regenerative Biology at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, said “The dogs have more muscles and are expected to have stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police and military applications.”
Lai and her colleagues submitted the results of their study last week in the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology. They said that they intend to create dogs with other DNA mutations, including ones that mimic human diseases such as Parkinson’s and muscular dystrophy.
“The goal of the research is to explore an approach to the generation of new disease dog models for biomedical research.” “Dogs are very close to humans in terms of metabolic, physiological, and anatomical characteristics.”
What they did was directly inject gene-editing chemical agents into more than 60 dog embryos that is designed to destroy the dogs’ myostatin genes that naturally inhibit their muscle growth.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Navarre a wolf got stuck in a freezing cold river in Italy. She was suffering from hypothermia, when she was rescued by very brave souls. She was taken out from the freezing water and was brought back to life. She was still conscious while standing in the river.
Rescuers tranquilize her and the team worked quickly to bring her to shore. Unfortunately, her body began shutting down from hypothermia, and she went into cardiac arrest. They performed CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. She was taken to a nearby animal Rescue Center then once she was stable she was sent to St. Michael’s Hospital for exams and testing.
After 4 months of her rescue, she suffered a “sudden malaise” her body deteriorated and passed away.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Two bears who were seen on a cam jumping over the gate maybe searching for food but instead they were chased by an angry tiny French Bulldog. The French Bulldog named Jewels is 5 years old and looked pissed when she saw two bears entering her territory.
The tiny frenchie, scared away the two bear cubs with her tenacity and non-stop barking.
Dog owner David Fernandez said, “I couldn’t believe it, that she turned into the Wolverine." Jewels walked away unscathed. Fernandez has lived in Monrovia, California for more than 10 years he said wildlife encounter has been spiking.