Friday Squid Blogging: We’re Genetically Engineering Squid Now
Is this a good idea?
The transparent squid is a genetically altered version of the hummingbird bobtail squid, a species usually found in the tropical waters from Indonesia to China and Japan. It’s typically smaller than a thumb and shaped like a dumpling. And like other cephalopods, it has a relatively large and sophisticated brain.
The see-through version is made possible by a gene editing technology called CRISPR, which became popular nearly a decade ago.
Albertin and Rosenthal thought they might be able to use CRISPR to create a special squid for research. They focused on the hummingbird bobtail squid because it is small, a prodigious breeder, and thrives in lab aquariums, including one at the lab in Woods Hole.
Is this far behind?
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