W hat will happen if one day you wake up and find your cute little dog turned into a muscular beast, pouncing on you asking you to take him for a walk On a humorous note, it would be a sight to see where people won&rsquo t understand if you have taken your dog out for a walk or your dog is doing it for you. With those bulging muscles, your dog would look like the new K9 bodyguard you have hired. Enjoy looking them.
Now on a serious note, thanks to some Chinese Scientists who have successfully experimented on the transformation of the canines into muscular bodybuilder proportions with the help of genetic engineering.
Scientists have chosen the beagles for this particular experiment that are to be kept at the Guangzhou General Pharmaceutical Research Institute. Reports from MIT technology review that the scientists have deleted the myostatin gene from the dogs so that they could create the new breed of beagles with double the usual amount of muscle mass in their body. One of the researchers on the project, Liangxue Lai explained, that the reason behind the creation of such experiment is, that these dogs can be used for hunting, police or military operations as dogs have more muscles and have stronger running abilities.
The scientists are also working on other genetic engineering projects as well, wherein they will genetically - modify dogs and engineer them to develop human diseases like Parkinson's and muscular dystrophy. The anatomy of dogs is same as humans so with the help of this project, scientists would be able to find out the basic causes of how do these diseases actually occur. In the year 1997, a strain of mice was produced by the genetic engineers wherein, the mice lacked the myostatin gene, resulting in their extra muscular appearance. It was called the "mighty mice or "knockout mice." The first dog that was experimented with this genetic eccentricity was the "Whippet" (a breed of dog) in which the loss of the gene can occur naturally. The strongest dog in the world was the whippet named Wendy, because of her body-builder like appearance. Wendy and the other "bully whippets" are undoubtedly stronger than other dogs.
If any of the people are thinking if it could happen to humans, it would be so easy to gain strong muscles. Well, for those people the answer is yes, however the cases are extremely rare. There are reports that mention a child being born with the absence of that extra gene (myostatin). As a result, the child is unusually strong with extra muscles.