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See-through goldfish  (Source: AFP)
See-through goldfish could be used for research purposes, or make an expensive pet

South Korean scientists may have created a glowing cat, but Japanese researchers have successfully developed a transparent goldfish.

The clear goldfish allows observers to see the tiny fish's beating heart, which allows scientists to observe living creatures and reduces the numbers of dissections.

"You can see a live heart and other organs because the scales and skin have no pigments," said Yukata Tamaru, Mie University associate professor, in a statement to the AFP.  "You don't have to cut it open. You can see a tiny brain above the goldfish's black eyes.  Having a pale colour is a disadvantage for goldfish in an aquarium but it's good to see how organs sit in a body three-dimensionally."

The goldfish could live up to 20 years and can grow up to 10 inches in length.  Researchers can view the fish as it grows from a speck up to a five-pound goldfish later in life.

Japanese researchers from the Institute for Amphibian Biology of Hiroshima University are expected to begin mass producing see-through frogs sometime in 2010, with the estimated price near $110.

Human rights experts around the world have voiced concern regarding the overall lack of other options aside from dissections, which was one of the leading reasons behind similar research.



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RE: Should apply the same to humans
By frobizzle on 12/31/2009 9:39:58 AM , Rating: 2
If not see-through skin then at least see-through clothes.

I nominate Samantha Fox as the official model of the new see-through fashions!


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By messyunkempt on 12/31/2009 10:00:13 AM , Rating: 2
In her prime maybe, but isn't she about 50 now?


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By riottime on 12/31/2009 11:05:22 AM , Rating: 2
he think he meant megan fox not samantha (ew, if he did, she's like a granny now).


By AnnihilatorX on 12/31/2009 1:06:05 PM , Rating: 2
Shh, some people have a fetish for grannies.
Last time I checked as a research purpose, for different types of, erm p0rn on the internet, the possibility is endless.


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By Black69ta on 1/1/2010 8:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
Samantha Fox? Wow, that is a name I haven't heard in years, wonder if she is any kin to Megan Fox.

Samantha was a hottie back in the Day, but seriously wasn't that 15-20 years ago?


By Camikazi on 1/3/2010 10:24:28 AM , Rating: 2
She still looks better then A LOT of girls out now, no way would I turn her down. Needless to say, I'd hit that.


By Belard on 1/3/2010 6:14:11 AM , Rating: 3
She's all yours man. :)

But shes pretty good for her age.

We all get old folks.


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