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Photographing genetically modifyed lab mouses

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Last week I visited a laboratory of Biotehniška fakulteta in Domžale and with journalist Staš Zgonik we checked their lab and their storage room in the basement (dungeon as they call it) of the faculty. We had to dress sterile clothes, but not because we could get a disease, but because of mouses. They are practically sterile, so every human visiting the dungeon needs to wear sterile clothes.

On the pictures you can see the device were genes are modified. It’s a super microscope with robotic handles that costs about 20.000 EUR. So the procedure as I understand it, is they make a forced abortus to a mouse, then take the egg and change the gene code and insert it back to a mouse. On one picture there are different mouses white, black and gray, that have modified genes for color of their fur. White mouse was born to parents with black fur and vice versa. We devoted three pages article in tomorrows issue of Mladina.

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Written by Borut Peterlin

11 December, 2008 at 23:38

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  1. and the robot is made by Leica 🙂

    Marko

    12 December, 2008 at 01:16

  2. actually it’s Leitz
    i don’t know what’s the difference.

    Borut Peterlin

    12 December, 2008 at 09:04

  3. Vooov, hudo, kje pa je to v Domžalah, prvič slišim. 😐

    Super reportažno, zgleda tko ko v kakšnih ameriških podzemnih labih :D.

    Mju

    12 December, 2008 at 17:01

  4. Plural of mouse is Mice…

    Pika

    6 March, 2009 at 03:44


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