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For how many generations do you need to cut the tails of mice to get mice with s

  1. ngureco profile image85
    ngurecoposted 4 years ago

    For how many generations do you need to cut the tails of mice to get mice with short tails?


  2. sleepylog profile image95
    sleepylogposted 4 years ago

    Why would you want to do that? Mice need their tails for balance.

  3. xanzacow profile image71
    xanzacowposted 4 years ago

    Cutting the tails off does not change the DNA does it?

  4. BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image84
    BLACKANDGOLDJACKposted 4 years ago

    You know, I always wondered about this. I asked my cat what he thought. He said no need to worry about it, and licked his chops.

  5. DrMark1961 profile image99
    DrMark1961posted 4 years ago

    I think this study was done by the Russians during the Soviet area. It takes 49,368 generations.
    Their research project needs to be duplicated. Anyone interested?

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    Old Empresarioposted 4 years ago

    The only way that would work would be if cutting off their tails actually killed the mice. Then, only mice born with shorter tails would be left alive to breed and pass on their short-tailed DNA.

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      m4ryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      lol, a clever answer!

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    m4ryposted 4 years ago

    well, if you think that a physical alteration will change a mouse's dna, i predict you are going to have a lot of bloody tail stumps around your house.

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    biochemiposted 4 years ago

    As cells of tails of mice are diploid and are the tail length is not genetically determined character so there is no effect of cutting tails of mice to get short tailed mice over generations of generation. Not only tails, but also ears, legs and all physical features cannot have such effect. But if you change or alter the cell that takes part in breeding like gonad cells then obviously the offspring may have changed.