Japan university develops see-through fish

New transparent goldfish created to replace classroom dissections.

NY Daily News

In middle school, I had to dissect an earthworm, a snail, a frog, and a fetal pig. I did not like doing this. It's not that I was some animal-rights activist, I just found it to be thoroughly disgusting. I decided then in the eighth grade that under no circumstances was I going to be a doctor.

Instead, I became an Internet blogger who writes stories about this new transparent goldfish being developed in Japan. The idea is that taking dead things apart to see how they work is gross. The solution is to mess with nature to the point that you can see how an animal works while it's still alive. That's also gross, but at least you don't feel like you have to sterilize your hands after your study so you can eat lunch.

What's great is that Mie University, the school that's developed the goldfish, fully expects to offer the breed--called ryukin--for sale to the public. It expects the fish to get up to five pounds and to live for up to 20 years. I'm imagining a pond of these could be awesome in a "gross I can see its guts" kind of way. I want one.

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