Thursday, October 11, 2007

See-through frog...

Just the thing for a budding young scientist's holiday stocking...From the Oct. 3 issue of Nature Magazine:
Japanese biologists have created what they call the world's first see-through creature with four legs. (Some fish are naturally transparent.) The frogs started out as ordinary Japanese brown frogs (Rana japonica ), but crossing animals with recessive genes for light-coloured skin led to transparency. Internal organs, eggs and other normally concealed innards are all on full display in the new amphibian (pictured). Its creator, Masayuki Sumida of Hiroshima University, plans to seek a patent, according to the AFP news agency.

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