Green & Brown Mice

Group of green and brown mice, with three green and three brown
Baby mice fathered by mice receiving a donation of spermatogonial stem cells from mice expressing green fluorescent protein. Only half the baby mice show the green color. This is because each spermatogonial stem cell has only one copy of the gene for green fluorescent protein. When the spermatogonial cell divides, only half the cells that result from it have the gene for green fluorescent protein.


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