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Interesting science news................

Transparent frogs reduce dissections

Japanese researchers have succeeded in producing see-through frogs, letting them observe organs, blood vessels and eggs under the skin without performing dissections.

Dissections have become increasingly controversial in much of the world, particularly in schools where animal rights activists have pressed for humane alternatives such as using computer simulations.

To see a better picture click here.....

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/09/27/2045617.htm

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it's actually a man-made transparency.

For the Agricultural research department...the cows have holes in their stomachs, a piece of glass where the skin should be...for reserach into how the stomachs work and break down different types of feed.

There are another type as well - where the holes are able to be opened (like a hatch) and the matter inside the stomachs can be removed and samples taken and studied. Bacteria studies and how the feed gets broken down, and what is actually happening. The research helps studies regarding similar behaviours in the Human body as well.

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they did methane testing (read: cow farts) to study the effects of the Ozone layer, but no idea if they did anything re: mad cow disease.

I do know about the cows,sheep and goats having gas. That is interesting also. Scientists are trying to breed them so they don't. I do think I heard of WSU the leader or one of the leaders in research for mad cow. I will look in to it and get back to you this week.

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Can the whole world just stop testing on animals and leave them alone!?!? :censored:

True. I have mixed feeling myself about this issue. In the end to help man kind with health issues and many others they need to grow and test animals.

It is sad but it is necessary.

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I do know about the cows,sheep and goats having gas. That is interesting also. Scientists are trying to breed them so they don't. I do think I heard of WSU the leader or one of the leaders in research for mad cow. I will look in to it and get back to you this week.

HERE YOU GO!

A test developed at WSU is used to diagnose the nation’s first case of "mad cow" disease.

2004

A test developed at WSU is used to diagnose the nation’s first case of "mad cow" disease. Credited with the development are researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at WSU and from WSU’s Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. WSU is chosen by the USDA to have one of seven laboratories nationwide to conduct tests for the disease.

http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:NyIc6nPeaE8J:www.wsu.edu/WSU-history/2000.html+WSU+the+leader+or+one+of+the+leaders+in+research+for+mad+cow&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us

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This is sort of old now, but in case anyone missed it when it used to be big news a few years back:

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If you lose an ear, they can always grow you a new one on the back of a rodent.

In looking for this pic, it seems they've been able to make functioning organs as well since then, a rat heart in particular. Cool stuff!

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