First man made species revealed
Posted by truthpills on 2012/08/06
News July 26, 2012
By: Paul Hamaker
Moreno genetically modified the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster so that this new species Drosophila synthetica cannot reproduce with the naturally occurring species of fruit fly. Drosophila synthetica also has smaller, lighter eyes and the wing veins have a different structure than the natural species.
Species are defined as a group of individuals that can breed with each other, but are unable to interbreed with other species.
Unlike hybrids the new species of fruit fly can reproduce with members of the same species but not with naturally occurring fruit flies. Drosophila synthetica may not be able to survive outside a laboratory environment.
The intent of the research was not to develop a synthetic (man made) species but to develop a safety mechanism to avoid the hybridization of genetically modified animals and plants with wild type populations and thereby preserving biodiversity.
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