THE TRANSFER OF FOCUS OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETIC ENGINEERING FROM MICROBES AND PLANTS TO HIGHER VERTEBRATES.

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 681
Amount: $35,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1983
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Amphibian Biotech Inc.
P.o. Box 4120, Ann Arbor, MI, 48106
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 ROBERT J. ROZOF
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Abstract
TO OUR INITIAL UNDERSTAND OF NORMAL AND ABNORMAL PHYSIOLOGY,DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY THAN HAS THE FROG. DATING FROM THE EARLY 1930'S, ONLY THE MOUSE HAS CHALLENGED THE POSITION OF THE FROG. IN RECENT YEARS CONTRIBUTIONS USING FROGS HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY IMPEDED BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF GENETICALLY DEFINED STRAINS. SUCH FROGS ARE BADLY NEEDED FOR THE TRANSFER OF FOCUS OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETIC ENGINEERING FROM MICROBES AND PLANTS TO HIGHER VERTEBRATES. SUCH STRAINS OF FROGS ARE NOWAVAILABLE ON ONLY A VERY LIMITED BASIS, AND AMONG THESE STRAINS NONE CARRY VISIBLE PHENOTYPIC MARKERS, THUS RENDERING DIFFICULT THEIR USE IN MANY LABORATORIES. WHILE AVAILABLE STRAINS CAN NOW BE COMMERCIALLY PRODUCED, STRAINS CARRYING VISIBLE MARKERS WILL HAVE MUCH GREATER USE. WE ASK TWO QUESTIONS WHOSE ANSWERS ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PHASE I RESEARCH: (1) ARE THE COLOR, COLOR PATTERN AND MORPHOLOGICAL VARIENTS NOW IN OUR "XENOPUS LAEVIS" COLONY, OR AVAILABLE TO US, UNDER GENETIC CONTROL? (2) IF SO, ARE THE GENETIC MECHANISMS WHICH CONTROL THEM OF A TYPE SUITABLEFOR USE AS MARKERS OF GENETICALLY DEFINED LINES OF ANIMALS? TECHNIQUES OF GYNOGENESIS, FIRST CLEAVAGE INHIBITION, AND ENDOREDUPLICATION AS WELL AS BIPARENTAL MATING WILL BE USED.

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