Get Custom Shoes Made From Genetically-Engineered Stingrays

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Get Custom Shoes Made From Genetically-Engineered Stingrays

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Scientist raises the bar on custom-made fashion.

If you've got some cash to burn and are in dire need of a new pair of shoes, here's something to check out. A company called Rayfish, operating primarily out of Thailand, now offers custom-designed sneakers made from genetically engineered stingrays.

Here's how it works: Visitors to the company's website can choose from a selection of patterns, and when their order is placed, the company will then use some fancy genetic wizardry to grow a transgenic stingray with their custom design. The fish are grown in an aquaculture facility and then harvested as leather for the shoes, which are constructed at a seperate factory in Thailand. Each pair is truly unique from the other, straight down to the genetic level.

Currently, Rayfish is accepting limited orders for these shoes, which cost roughly between $14,800 and $16,200 USD. If that's just a little out of your price range right now, general production is slated to begin later this year and bring the price down to a more reasonable $1800 USD. There are also some limits to the technology, as Rayfish can't breed any shapes or logos into the fishes, as the process works through recording and recombining DNA from existing animals.

"Squares are for instance not possible, as the expression of the DNA on the skin doesn't allow it," explained Dr. Raymond Ong, head of Rayfish Footwear. "The patterns that grow on the actual fish sometimes slightly differ from what you see in the design tool. Although it is almost perfect, we are still developing the mapping between the design tool and the DNA encoding further."

Source: Fast Company via MSNBC Tech

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This is one of the main reasons I love genetic engineering, we can now design the patterns that grows on an animals skin/scales/whatever squids have

Is it wrong that I'm thinking of a cruel joke wherein someone sends a pair of these to the estate of Steve Irwin?

Stories like this make me wonder if we'll end up putting tits on a fish (and ruin that old adage forever...) before we get new resilient crops or better therapeutics.

Buretsu:
Is it wrong that I'm thinking of a cruel joke wherein someone sends a pair of these to the estate of Steve Irwin?

Seriously, two bloody posts in and I'm ninja'd. Well played.

This kind of putting me off abit. I don't like the idea of some Stingray get some pattern I wanted on it, killed and parts or most of it will become footwear for my feet. No I ain't a peachy animal right activists but I don't personally want an animal to be killed to become my clothing.

We develop amazing technology and this is what it's used for? To make an animal which is then killed for freakin footwear? Humanity, y u no use technology responsibly?

Buretsu:
Is it wrong that I'm thinking of a cruel joke wherein someone sends a pair of these to the estate of Steve Irwin?

Nope, I thought of something similar.

Am I a terrible person for wanting a pair?

...like... really... REALLY badly??

More seriously: the Animal Rights Activists are gonna have a field day with this one, but it`s a practical use of genetic engineering... Personally, I`m all for it!

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...what the fuck are you trying to say computer?

Buretsu:
Is it wrong that I'm thinking of a cruel joke wherein someone sends a pair of these to the estate of Steve Irwin?

With these his sole could rest in piece.

Buretsu:
Is it wrong that I'm thinking of a cruel joke wherein someone sends a pair of these to the estate of Steve Irwin?

Nah, I personally think everyone should chip in a few cents and by a pair for each of his kids.

"You killed my father....prepare to be footwear!"

Scarim Coral:
This kind of putting me off abit. I don't like the idea of some Stingray get some pattern I wanted on it, killed and parts or most of it will become footwear for my feet. No I ain't a peachy animal right activists but I don't personally want an animal to be killed to become my clothing.

Do you wear or use leather in any form? Or any other clothing made from animal products?

One of Many:

Scarim Coral:
This kind of putting me off abit. I don't like the idea of some Stingray get some pattern I wanted on it, killed and parts or most of it will become footwear for my feet. No I ain't a peachy animal right activists but I don't personally want an animal to be killed to become my clothing.

Do you wear or use leather in any form? Or any other clothing made from animal products?

Not quite the same. If I buy a leather jacket, that cow is dead. Not buying the jacket will not resurrect it. These shoes result in a unique species being bred, raised and killed because I want to make shoes out of its skin. On a related note, while the concept of custom leather is cool, the means seem...disturbing.

Those poor sad stingrays. I just want to give them all a big hug and tell them it will be okay.

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Come here little guy, I won- GAH FUCK IT STABBED ME!

Hattingston:

One of Many:

Scarim Coral:
This kind of putting me off abit. I don't like the idea of some Stingray get some pattern I wanted on it, killed and parts or most of it will become footwear for my feet. No I ain't a peachy animal right activists but I don't personally want an animal to be killed to become my clothing.

Do you wear or use leather in any form? Or any other clothing made from animal products?

Not quite the same. If I buy a leather jacket, that cow is dead. Not buying the jacket will not resurrect it. These shoes result in a unique species being bred, raised and killed because I want to make shoes out of its skin. On a related note, while the concept of custom leather is cool, the means seem...disturbing.

Very true, although it could be argued that the cow was bred, raised and killed because someone wanted to make a jacket out of it's skin and you bought it.

However, I was looking more for clarity out of Scarim Coral. Saying "I don't personally want an animal to be killed to become my clothing" implies more then saying "I don't personally want an animal to be customized, raised and kill just be my footwear".

I'm a fish hobbyist (aquarist) and I can tell you that there's no way they can GM fish like this in such a short amount of time. My suspicion is that the fish are probably dyed or tattooed (a common practice with east asian fish farmers) for those colors. Using a laser, melanin is burned off and pigment is applied on the skin. Unscrupulous fish dealers sell these fish at a premium with varying designs painfully etched into the surface of the fish.

Or you know they use pleather/normal leather/ray leather and just DYE it afterwords. My guess either:
a. Unscrupulous merchant
b. PR stunt
c. Another "inspired and meaningful" art project/hoax

There ARE however actual GM fish available to the hobbyist that have comb jellyfish dna transposed into them. They fluoresce various colors under blacklight.

Also as a BCM major this is utter bullshit: Nature has already done the design work for us. All we have to do is identify the genes responsible for coloration and patterning, and then implant the 'supergene' cluster into fetal rays before they are born. As the ray grows over the course of several months, it gradually expresses the predetermined patterns on its skin.

Um... How has this gotten to us before the animal rights nutcases activists?

Either way, shitstorms abound over this if its real.

That's pretty cool, but I'm hoping they make miniature mantas for household aquariums. A pipe dream yes but is there anything cooler than Manta or Sting rays?

deathninja:
Stories like this make me wonder if we'll end up putting tits on a fish (and ruin that old adage forever...) before we get new resilient crops or better therapeutics.

Considering how big the scam of "organic" has become, seriously it is a billion dollar industry, it will be a very long time before the world wakes up. The demand just isn't there because most of the world's population shits their pants when they hear about science that surpasses the grade school level. It really reflects poorly on the human species when science gets slapped down by people's nonsense.

Meh, I'm not that interested. Seems like they'd make my feet sweaty.

Hattingston:

One of Many:

Scarim Coral:
This kind of putting me off abit. I don't like the idea of some Stingray get some pattern I wanted on it, killed and parts or most of it will become footwear for my feet. No I ain't a peachy animal right activists but I don't personally want an animal to be killed to become my clothing.

Do you wear or use leather in any form? Or any other clothing made from animal products?

Not quite the same. If I buy a leather jacket, that cow is dead. Not buying the jacket will not resurrect it. These shoes result in a unique species being bred, raised and killed because I want to make shoes out of its skin. On a related note, while the concept of custom leather is cool, the means seem...disturbing.

It is, actually. Sting Rays ARE edible and are served all around the world. Most likely, they just threw the skin away previously and have now just come up with a way to use that as well. Not any different from a cow when you think about it.

Okay....I eat meat...I LIKE meat..thiiis? This is a bit wierd. Specifically designing animals for the sole purpose of wearing them...kiiiind of odd.

Honestly, show of hands, how many people are thinking of Suicide Kings right now? Just me? :\

Wierd, but then again I have a pair of my dad's old baby seal and alligator boots from long ago. I'm afraid to tell any of my friends about it though, out of fear they might be closet PETA members.

VanQQisH:

Hattingston:

One of Many:

Do you wear or use leather in any form? Or any other clothing made from animal products?

Not quite the same. If I buy a leather jacket, that cow is dead. Not buying the jacket will not resurrect it. These shoes result in a unique species being bred, raised and killed because I want to make shoes out of its skin. On a related note, while the concept of custom leather is cool, the means seem...disturbing.

It is, actually. Sting Rays ARE edible and are served all around the world. Most likely, they just threw the skin away previously and have now just come up with a way to use that as well. Not any different from a cow when you think about it.

From what I understand, this is talking about genetically engineering a stingray to look a specific way so that you can kill it and then make shoes out of it. Not using stingray skins left over from stingrays killed for their meat. This is discussing making a custom order genetically engineered stingray grown for the sole purpose of turning it into an article of clothing. When I buy a leather jacket, I don't tell them to create a cow to x specification, raise it and then kill it and make it into a jacket. My problem with this is the idea of creating something just so you can kill it later. Seems kinda horrible.

Buretsu:
Is it wrong that I'm thinking of a cruel joke wherein someone sends a pair of these to the estate of Steve Irwin?

If they still need a brand name they could call them "Air Irwin's"

*Sits down with popcorn and waits for Animal Rights groups to hear bout this*

This is gonna get interesting.

Anyone want some?

*Offers popcorn*

DVS BSTrD:

Buretsu:
Is it wrong that I'm thinking of a cruel joke wherein someone sends a pair of these to the estate of Steve Irwin?

With these his sole could rest in piece.

Ba dum tish.

Wow talk about PETA bait. Anybody taking bets on how fast they will get on this?

Solo-Wing:
Wow talk about PETA bait. Anybody taking bets on how fast they will get on this?

30 bucks. Tomorrow by sundown.

"Wow, You can change the colour of a stingray through genetics? That's impressive, you must be pretty good at what you do. Could you perhaps do something more useful to humanity though?"
If this is real, when animal rights activists find this there will be an absolute shit storm.

Mariakko:
"Wow, You can change the colour of a stingray through genetics? That's impressive, you must be pretty good at what you do. Could you perhaps do something more useful to humanity though?"
If this is real, when animal rights activists find this there will be an absolute shit storm.

Someone actually did such a thing. But 4 out of ten patients developed leukemia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_genetic_engineering

There are other less risky techniques being developed with promising results.

If I could afford a pair I'd buy the shoes and try to get a third as a live specimen. What pattern? Cobra of course! I shall breed my cobra-rays as I make plans from my super-secret submerged base beneath the great barrier reef to take over Australia with an army of Cobra Rays. First Australia, then THE WORLD! Cobralalalalala!

Buretsu:
Is it wrong that I'm thinking of a cruel joke wherein someone sends a pair of these to the estate of Steve Irwin?

VENGEANCE FOR STEVE!

Aw, who am I kidding. Big goofy bastard would have been upset by this.

and now I'm sad.

Back in my day, we only had save-game editors.
Now there's DNA editors?
Man, times change.

So basically, within the next 10 years i'll be able to buy a cow with all it's spot patterns being in the shape of dicks?

I'm totally ok with this, science.

Hattingston:

From what I understand, this is talking about genetically engineering a stingray to look a specific way so that you can kill it and then make shoes out of it. Not using stingray skins left over from stingrays killed for their meat. This is discussing making a custom order genetically engineered stingray grown for the sole purpose of turning it into an article of clothing. When I buy a leather jacket, I don't tell them to create a cow to x specification, raise it and then kill it and make it into a jacket. My problem with this is the idea of creating something just so you can kill it later. Seems kinda horrible.

Umm, most farmed animals are raised specifically for the purpose of killing them to eat them down the line. And the worst part is when they're done en-masse, using the methods developed in mass production, in an animal equivalent of the nazi death camps. Plenty of inhumane treatment hidden/ignored by many consumers..

Sounds like the free-range movement is taking off in the US now, which is good because in some major ways, fast food has been a disaster.

Holy shit that's cool.

Not something I'd spend that much money on, but man that is cool.

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