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05/23/11

Photos: Iran officially opens transgenic mice research center

Source: ISNA; photos by Ali Kaveh, Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran officially opened transgenic mice research center after initial months-long activities in a bid to expand studies on the domain.

Iran officially opens transgenic mice research center

The project has been pursued since 2009 and it has been working since late 2010 during which three kinds of transgenic mice have been generated.

transgenic mice research center in Tehran

A faculty member of National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Bo-technology, Dr. Heidari said, "one of the mice carries GPS protein and spreads green radiations under Ultra Violet (UV) lights. Its generation only aims to introduce the center's capability to generate transgenic mice."

"Also two other mice have been produced in the center, one carrying PIWIL2 gene playing an important role in breast cancer and another one which lacks ADAM27 gene. Absence of latter gene in the body causes infertility in men," Dr. Heidari told ISNA.

"The two transgenic mice can be used in studies related to infertility and breast cancer, since import of these mice is impossible."

Iran also plans to generate mice with the required haemophile for Iran's Blood Transfusion Organization.

transgenic mice research center in Tehran









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