Genetically engineered animals with CRISPR-Cas9 edited genes are being developed

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Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 9.49.11 AMAs CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology has advanced in the last few years, the number of genetically modified animals made with this system has steadily increased. Some are very interesting and useful for science.

At the same time especially when they are little, they can be very cute. A nickname is going around for these CRISPR’d animals: CRISPR-y critters.

So what are the real and of course cutest CRISPR-y critters out there currently?

There are CRISPR-Cas9 edited pigs and these little guys have the bonus of also being clones.

CFffDdYUgAAI37cEfforts are also underway to make hornless cattle via CRISPR-Cas9 technology. This would actually be very significant because currently the horns have to be cut off apparently, which is pretty terrible.

Given the advent and sale of the first GMO pets in the form of Glofish (not made with CRISPR), we can expect cute CRISPR-y critters to be coming to our homes in the future as pets.

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