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I'm curious if there has been any genetic experiments transferring cell wall producing genes into the genome of a animal model organism such as the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) or a larger animal such as a mouse (Mus musculus).

If there hasn't what do you think would happen, if anything at all?

Thanks!

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closed as primarily opinion-based by James, AliceD, March Ho, WYSIWYG Oct 27 '15 at 5:26

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  • $\begingroup$ They already have cells with walls. $\endgroup$ – user19548 Oct 22 '15 at 5:36
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know of any animals with cell walls unlise your considering something like chitin as a cell wall, which it isn't. Please provide examples if you have any. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – ATP Oct 22 '15 at 6:34
  • $\begingroup$ The short answer is it's very complicated. Plants devote a significant portion of their genomes to cell wall construction and integrating that into an animal, I imagine, would be like integrating a helicopter into a battle tank. $\endgroup$ – jzx Oct 22 '15 at 6:50
  • $\begingroup$ Unless some experiments have been made testing this (which I doubt) this question can only generate speculation. Voting to close as primarily opinion-based. $\endgroup$ – augurar Oct 26 '15 at 6:46
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Mammalian cells have a semi permeable membrane not a true cell wall like a plant cell. I could imagine that if the semi permeable membrane were replaced with a plant like cell wall then osmosis and other biochemical processes necessary to the organisms growth and survival could not occur correctly.

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