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    Is it possible to create genetically engineered miniature animals, such as miniature giraffes? Is it as simple as modifying genes that code for size?


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    It's certainly possible with selective breeding, so I can't see why you couldn't just keep isolating genes from particularly small animal specimens.


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    I don't think its possible to selectively breed an animal to 3/4 its size. I read about mini-giraffes, but there seems to be a lot of contradicting information on whether or not they exist. It would be awesome to own one. According to this website, they do...Sokoblovsky Farms - Russia's Finest Purveyors of Miniature Lap Giraffes
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    Miniture pigs are very popular as pets, and they are created by selective breeding of the smallest of each generation.
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    Read the website..it's a troll site obviously...

    "Petite Lap Giraffes are very funny animal that require special care. They need lots of love. Hugs and kisses every day. Otherwise they make tears.
    If you have children, petite lap giraffes no problem. If child is loud, the giraffe will be shy, but does not bite. PLG’s are very clean. With training they will go in box like cats."

    "Living conditions: PLG’s love being indoors in filtered air conditioning. If they can listen to music of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov it is dream"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dkav View Post
    I don't think its possible to selectively breed an animal to 3/4 its size.
    i don't see why not - what's the size of chihuahua compared to a wolf ? and island species of elephant and hippo compared with their mainland ancestors ?
    if a certain change has happened through natural selection, what's the objection to it happening through artificial selection ?
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    There certainly are miniature breeds of cattle. Mostly for the ' pet' market - though you'd still need reasonable land to maintain such a pet.

    There's also at least one breed that looks promising for raising meat. The animal reaches maturity faster so there's less feed, water and other resources or expenses involved in getting to the point of saleable steaks. The big saving would probably be in much reduced land area for grass-fed meat, and very little need for fattening in feedlots. Feedlots would more likely be restricted to those ancillary to abattoirs as holding pens with this kind of animal.
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    if nature can do it, so can you
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    I was researching genetic engineering some time ago and bookmarked this page on "Genetically Modified Organisms" that you folks may find of use from the Rediscovering Biology page at the Learner.org - Teacher Professional Development site:

    http://www.learner.org/courses/biology/textbook/gmo/gmo_1.html
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    Here is an example of very small animals specifically bread to be exceptionally small.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ane-Croft.html

    Note: link for infomational purposes only as an example.
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    I found a link here in the US for them little critters as well. They have a skull shape reminiscent of Elephants. Maybe we can genetically cook up Ele-Pigs!

    http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/micro-pigs-latest-tiny-trendy-pets/story?id=9502599
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottspieler View Post
    Read the website..it's a troll site obviously...

    "Petite Lap Giraffes are very funny animal that require special care. They need lots of love. Hugs and kisses every day. Otherwise they make tears.
    If you have children, petite lap giraffes no problem. If child is loud, the giraffe will be shy, but does not bite. PLG’s are very clean. With training they will go in box like cats."

    "Living conditions: PLG’s love being indoors in filtered air conditioning. If they can listen to music of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov it is dream"
    Lol I noticed that, I thought maybe it was just bad expression of russian language from a translation. hahha Rimsky-Korsakov.
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    So can size be controlled genetically in an animal as of yet or no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dkav View Post
    So can size be controlled genetically in an animal as of yet or no?
    yes. scientists have made dwarf mice 1/4 their normal size. and salmon that grow faster and bigger too. and made rats grow human ears on their guts (i look down on this sort of treatment of an intelligent creature, being a pet rat owner)

    overall, yes it is possible, along with many other things; some good, some cruel and grotesque.
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