By Dan Drollette Jr.
“You’re making a fish without eyeballs? What are you doing—creating some sort of Franken-fish?” That was the first response I got—which happened to come from an investigative reporter at USA Today—upon delivering the news that I was a biomedical fellow at the Logan Science Journalism Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
The second comment—also from a journalist friend, but in regard to removing the creature’s colorful spots—was: “Great. You’re transforming zebrafish into boring old guppies.”
Neither was exactly true.
Yes, I was a science journalist enrolled in a nearly two-week biomedical program last month—along with four others—at this renowned center of biological research, to get hands-on instruction in the laboratory from working biologists on how genetic editing tools like CRISPR are used.
But no, we weren’t creating Frankenstein’s monsters in fish form. Read more …
Photo: Eel Pond and Marine Biological Laboratory campus. Credit: Dan Drollette, Jr.