Saturday, July 7, 2007

Big Wendy the muscular whippet

Wendy was recently part of a genetics study done in the U.S. on mutation in the myostatin gene in whippets, which resemble greyhounds in appearance. The National Institute of Health study reported that whippets with one single defective copy of the gene have increased muscle mass that can enhance racing performance in the breed, known for speeds up to 60 kilometres an hour.

But whippets with two mutated copies of the gene become "double-muscled," like Wendy. It has been seen before in one human, and also in mice, cattle and sheep, says the study.

Read more. Via Neatorama.

1 comment:

  1. A half animal half human chimera would make a good household slave if he (or she) can comprehend instruction but is not smart enough to demand human equality. He can clean house, mow the lawn, wash the car, help you at work, accompany you on shopping trips. Just feed him, care for him, give him a comfortable loving home and show him affection and he's happy.