Scientists at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta are using green fluorescent protein to study Huntington’s disease, which destroys nervous tissue.
In 2008 the researchers infected unfertilized monkey eggs with an HIV-like virus, which changed the eggs’ DNA to include the defect that causes Huntington’s.
The virus also introduced a protein that would make rhesus monkeys fluoresce under ultraviolet light (as pictured)—making it easier to study the effects of the disease on the monkeys’ brains. (Anthony Chan / National Geographic)

Scientists at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta are using green fluorescent protein to study Huntington’s disease, which destroys nervous tissue.

In 2008 the researchers infected unfertilized monkey eggs with an HIV-like virus, which changed the eggs’ DNA to include the defect that causes Huntington’s.

The virus also introduced a protein that would make rhesus monkeys fluoresce under ultraviolet light (as pictured)—making it easier to study the effects of the disease on the monkeys’ brains. (Anthony Chan / National Geographic)

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