Two freeze dried genetically engineered mice, 1988.

Image number: 10307014

Two freeze dried genetically engineered mice, 1988.

These male mice are direct descendants of the first transgenic mammals to be granted a US patent. This strain was patented by Harvard University Medical School in 1988. Their genes were altered to make the mice more prone to develop cancers by the insertion of an extra piece of DNA taken from a virus. This trait makes this strain of mouse (known as the 'oncomouse') particularly useful in cancer research.

Image number:
10307014
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 13:56
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Science Museum
 

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