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Changing Colors In Mice: Gene Turned On And Off At Will Through Simple Dietary Change

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June 19, 2001
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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As published in Genes & Development, researchers from the University of Virginia have developed a new and powerful transgenic mouse model system. This system allows scientists to introduce a foreign gene into the mouse and turn this gene on and off at will through a simple dietary change.

As published in Genes & Development, researchers from the University of Virginia have developed a new and powerful transgenic mouse model system. This system allows scientists to introduce a foreign gene into the mouse and turn this gene on and off at will through a simple dietary change. The paper details the careful genetic manipulation behind this work and the eye-catching results – mice that change color when a special supplement is added to their drinking water, and revert back to their original color once the supplement is removed!


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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. "Changing Colors In Mice: Gene Turned On And Off At Will Through Simple Dietary Change." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 June 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/06/010615071124.htm>.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. (2001, June 19). Changing Colors In Mice: Gene Turned On And Off At Will Through Simple Dietary Change. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/06/010615071124.htm
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. "Changing Colors In Mice: Gene Turned On And Off At Will Through Simple Dietary Change." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/06/010615071124.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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