Remember Me
Forgot Pass Register

Our educational work is entirely supported by people like you. Your donations directly add new exhibits and new features to the website, and even helps us open the Prehistoria Natural History Center!

eXTReMe Tracker

Articles / Flora and Fauna

There are two ways to control the physical composition of a canine or any other animal. One is genetic modification, where gene sequences are edited to achieve certain physical traits. The other is breeding, where two subjects are interbred for a combination of traits from both. 

Unfortunately, sometimes advancement of certain traits involves inbreeding, often resulting in various health problems. The biggest victim of inbreeding is the bulldog, often suffering from breathing problems, heart troubles and impaired vision. That is why the Humane Society of the United States wants to genetically re-engineer the bulldog. Suggested modifications include a bigger snout, wider hips, fewer skin folds, a longer tail and a leaner build. 

Of course, genetic modification is far from the post popular practice with the general public. Not only would bulldogs lose their unique look, but there are sure to be numerous protests if such a process were to be undertaken.

Even though genetic engineering certainly grabs a lot of headlines, a lot of people consider unnatural breeding to be every bit as cruel as gene alteration, so modifying bulldog genes just might be the best way to make these dogs healthier.

Written by: Denis Ivanov

  • Currently 2.65/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 2.6 / 5 (624 votes)


There are no comments on this item.
User: Pass: Remember Me

To comment on this item, please login or register.

Warning: Unknown: Your script possibly relies on a session side-effect which existed until PHP 4.2.3. Please be advised that the session extension does not consider global variables as a source of data, unless register_globals is enabled. You can disable this functionality and this warning by setting session.bug_compat_42 or session.bug_compat_warn to off, respectively in Unknown on line 0