Dog genetic experiment in South Korea — possible key to disease-free breeding
The ToolGen laboratory managed to grow puppies from skin cells. This genetic experiment's success will help correct many faults in the genetics of purebred dogs.
The task of geneticists from a South Korean laboratory was to create puppies with an edited genome. Genes responsible for developing cancer, stroke, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's diseases were removed from the DNA of future beagles, NV reports.
The study's authors hope that it will help save animals from many deadly diseases in the future.
"The ultimate goal of our research is to treat dogs with this technology against pathogenic mutations caused by inbreeding," they say.
The emergence of dangerous mutations is a real scourge of modern dog breeding. Veterinarians constantly warn people who want to get a dog about the potential risks of some breeds. For example, they are already calling to abandon breeding French and English bulldogs in Great Britain.
They have many diseases. Skin fold infections (38 times more common than other dogs), eye disease known as the cherry eye (26 times more common), protruding lower jaw (24 times more common), and breathing problems (19 times more common).