03-03-2011, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by froggle1
I saw it on another website. How did they get their glow-in-the-dark skin though?I don't understand what genetically splicing is. Anyway, thanks for the info!
Okay so the scientists took the fluorescent genes found in jellyfish and spliced them with regular zebras (I believe it was done while still in egg form) anyway this means that the fish now have this fluorescent gene in thier genes..so they can pass it along...it doesn't need to be done with every single egg.
As they are put into polluted water this fluorescent gene causes them to become more and more vibrant the more they are exposed to contaminated waters as it is a stress response (kind of like banding in a betta ) thus these fish were used as an indicator species...the brighter they were the more contaminated the water was...its easier and cheaper to use a species such as this then to continually keep sampling the water to make sure that the clean-up efforts are working.
Well...thats what I got off the top of my head...I would suggest visiting the website..or if you have anything else you don't understand let me know...I researched them a bit a while ago...but I can do a bit more and put it in layman's terms if you need me ^_^ It lets me research fun stuff and procrastinate on others.