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Two freeze-dried genetically engineered mice, United States, 1988

These two freeze-dried, genetically engineered mice are direct descendants of the first mammals to be patented in the United States. In 1984, at Harvard Medical School, scientists created thirteen strains of mice, genetically modified to be super susceptible to cancer in order to test anti-cancer drugs. These mice were known as ‘oncomice’, oncology being the medical specialism concerned with cancer.

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1989-437

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