Transgenic Mice Are Radically Transforming Science

New genetic techniques like fluorescent reporter genes, optogenetics and DREADD allow scientist to manipulate the functions of individual cells in live animals.

Hermes Solenzol
Science and Philosophy
15 min readDec 27, 2022

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Sensory neurons and axons in the dorsal root ganglion of a mouse expressing green fluorescent protein
Figure 1. Sensory neurons and axons in the dorsal root ganglion of a mouse expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP). Confocal microscope image taken by the author.

Many of my scientists colleagues are thrilled about the new transgenic techniques. Transgenic methods are…

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Hermes Solenzol
Science and Philosophy

Professor of neuroscience. Pain researcher. Old-school Leftist. Science, philosophy, politics and kinky sex. https://www.hermessolenzol.com/en