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First gene-altered primate beats the odds

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12:24pm, January 20, 2001

Oregon researchers' triumph in slipping a bit of another creature's genome into a monkey has proved that the feat's possible, but even the bioengineers themselves caution that their technique may not be the best one for future monkey business.

The Oregon Regional Primate Research Center in Beaverton ignited a news frenzy last week with a 3-month-old rhesus monkey's debut as the world's first genetically engineered primate.

Named ANDi, a backward homage to 'inserted DNA,' the little fellow looks and behaves like his plain-gene playmates. Yet tissue analysis confirms that ANDi carries a jellyfish gene laboriously inserted by scientists, Anthony W.S. Chan, Gerald Schatten, and their colleagues report in the Jan. 14 Science.

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