These ‘Superdogs’ Are Extremely Impressive, and Kind of Creepy
The future is now. Don’t believe us? Just look at the neighbor’s dog Fifi… She’s now a superdog with massive, bulging muscles that make her look like the pup spent a little too much time ‘pumping ze iron’ at Venice Beach.
Thanks to China (duh!) we now have GMO puppies that grow up to become superdogs with the help of a little genetic finagling.
The beagles that they are currently working on are being kept at the Guangzhou General Pharmaceutical Research Institute.
While the whole process is fairly complicated, in layman’s terms reports from the MIT Technology say that scientists are simply removing the myostatin gene from the beagles, which then allows them to develop about twice their normal muscle mass. The gene normally inhibits animals from growing too large, and also exists in humans (sorry gym bros!)
With their newfound super powers, these dogs “are expected to have a stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police (military) applications,” says researcher Liangxue Lai from the institute. Eventually the institute would like to alter the dogs further by giving them specific human diseases like Parkinson’s and muscular dystrophy to help give them a better understanding of how these diseases might occur.
“Dogs exhibit close similarities to humans in terms of metabolic, physiological, and anatomical characteristics,” the researchers write in the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology, “and thus are ideal genetic and clinical models to study human diseases.”
Eventually the institute might experiment with creating dogs with fluffier fur, bigger eyes, and all-around cuter traits, which could be argued as an ethical hinge-pin for larger issues, but then again we’ve been genetically altering their species for years through crossbreeding, so what’s a few more technological advancements really going to change? (insert evil mad-scientist laugh)
They look like Arnold Schwarzenegger!!