"BLOOD-LINES" MAY NOT MEAN THE SAME
That old saying "blood is thicker than water", referring to strong
family ties, may not mean the same in the future. Researchers in
Indiana and Nevada have succeeded in transplanting bonemarrow from
adult humans into sheep embryo.
What does this mean? This test sheep, now one year old, is now
producing both sheep and human blood cells. This is another major
step in the field of bio-technology in which organic capabilities of
humans, animals, birds, reptiles, insects and even certain plant
species are capable of exchanging genes! One astounding result comes
from the transference of the gene that causes the glow in a firefly
into a tobacco plant. This tobacco plant glows before it's lit. Why
a tobacco plant? Because of the cancer scare, it is now the most
studied plant in the world.
Researchers are using gene transfers to aid in the prevention of
fatal or disabling genetic disorders. Sheep in Scotland have for
some time been producing Factor VII and VIII, the blood-clotting
component so necessary to prevent hemophiliacs from bleeding to death
from small wounds.
Expect to hear a lot more about such seemingly bizarre happenings as
the field of biotech explodes around the world. Someday your "blood
brother" may be a giraffe!
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