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Scientists Create Glow-In-The-Dark Cats

They're cute, white, and fluffy - and they glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet light. The cats are actually clones. They're also the first cats to be cloned with a manipulated fluorescence protein gene.

The researchers hope that the procedure could help develop treatments for human genetic diseases.

The scientists, from Gyeongsang National University in South Korea, explained that they used the skin cells of the mother cat for cloning. To modify its genes, they inserted a virus in the skin cells, which were then transplanted into the mother's womb. Four Turkish Angora kittens were born in January, but two died during a caesarean section. The two living cats, now nearly a year old, weigh about 6-7pounds.

By demonstrating that it's possible to clone an animal with a manipulated gene, the research could help scientists better understand human genetic diseases. For example, scientists may be able to reproduce cloned animals suffering from the same diseases as humans. Cats have about 250 of the same kinds of genetic diseases that affect humans.

The ability to clone genetically altered cats may also help to develop new stem cell treatments for humans. And, using the same technology, researchers may be able to clone endangered animals like tigers, leopards and wildcats.

via: AFP, CNET

Lisa Zyga
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Comments
Dec 12, 2007
by Sarah O
Sarah O's picture

Woah

That is freakishly cool, and a little scary! 

Dec 12, 2007
by jim (not verified)

Awesome

Hey... you wold never bump into your cat at night again! Just carry a UV flashlight.

Dec 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Please stop being mean to

Please stop being mean to animals and just leave them alone, humans are the craziest animals ever...torcher them instead!

Dec 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

You're an idiot. Do the

You're an idiot. Do the cat's look like they've been harmed at all? Nope. Pretty sure they haven't been tortured (note the spelling, please)

Dec 13, 2007
by gavortnik (not verified)

You cannot escape kitty's cuteness!

I am cute! You try to escape my cuteness by turning out the lights! I fool you! I glow in the dark! YOU CANNOT ESCAPE KITTY'S CUTENESS!

- The Cat

Dec 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

FAKE

FAKE

Dec 14, 2007
by Jacqueline (not verified)

THIS IS EXTREMELY DISTURBING

To inject a virus into an unborn animal- to play with its genetics in such eerie manner....
To wipe out diseases, people must learn to heal their energy bodies first, otherwise the disease will come back -if not in this form, in another, and if not in this life, in the next. Treating a disease at the physical level only perpetuates it. We are all energy at the most fundamental level. Even doctors here in the States are already learning to work with energy healing because they are discovering just how effective it is- there was even a document shown on Discovery Channel.

THE MOMENT HUMANITY REALIZES THAT THEY CAN HEAL THEMSELVES BECAUSE WE HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO, THE WORLD WILL FREE ITSELF OF DISEASE AND SORROW. MY FATHER IS A DOCTOR & ONLY NOW HIS PERCEPTION IS OPENING UP TO THIS. DOCTORS FEAR THAT HUMANS WILL HEAL THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEN THEY WOULD BE OUT OF WORK.

Dec 14, 2007
by Common Sense (not verified)

Are you serious????

lady, please.... this is something that is really really really smart. maybe you should open your eyes to reality. First off, these adorbale kitties are clones, but are not affected. I am a cat lover, very very VERY much so, ... okay? And second you can tell they arent harmed by it because they look normal AND they're at the right weight for their ago. So nothings is wrong. This experiement is a really good idea because think about it..... what if one of your kids had a deadly diease but it was curable because of this experiment? Would you support it then???--or would you let your own flesh and blood die? Welcome to the year 2007, soon to be 2008.

Dec 14, 2007
by Brett (not verified)

good idea!

this experiment proves simply that cloning can be done sucessfully and that they know how to manipulate the genes. but what about the fact that CATS BITE, sometimes, couuld that not transmit the glow-virus?

Dec 14, 2007
by lol (not verified)

wow thsi is awesome ive

wow thsi is awesome ive always wanted a glow in the dark cat!!!

Dec 14, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Not harmed but,

These cats could never survive on their own in the wild. Be kind of hard to hunt things at night when your prey can see you coming.

Dec 14, 2007
by YVonne Blouin (not verified)

best

this is the best coment on this page.!

Dec 14, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

stupid we are smart enough

stupid we are smart enough to find a cure and we are not superhumans, that could automatically cure ourselves by thought, stop reading your comics and come back to reality dumbass.

Dec 14, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

in response to the stupid

in response to the stupid energy lady, uhm, yeah... Energy also comes in the form of 120 Volts in your wall socket... try sticking your finger in there and healing yourself..

Dec 14, 2007
by M (not verified)

guys.. diseases happen.. i

guys.. diseases happen.. i mean, people are going to die.. just accept it.. it really is ok.. no matter the manner of death.. you will die.. i will die.. we arent "saving" people.. we're just making them/us last longer.. why spend time and money trying to prevent inevitability?

I'm not for or against this experiment, I just wouldn't be involved with it.. The cats do seem to be healthy normal kitties though..

Dec 15, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

oh shit.. where can I find

oh shit.. where can I find these cats?? I NEED THIS VIRUS TO FIGHT CRIME

Dec 16, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Watch the video

There is a video of the cats and where they are being housed. Sorry, but they are not living a quality life. I too am a huge cat lover and these are not happy cats. I understand the "open your mind" and all " for the better of mankind" stuff. It is a challenging choice. But, it does not mean that it doesn't pain me to look at the video and know that these cats are suffering. I just wish there was another way to have the scientific break through without having an innocent animal suffer.

Dec 16, 2007
by Claire (not verified)

Would be cool if you could

Would be cool if you could buy these in the stores :).

Dec 17, 2007
by Lil Baby Girl (not verified)

oh meh gawd <3

i think this is a cool idea so if u lose ur cat out side in the dark its sooo easy to find it... but i am worried even if they are clones if somethin messes up and they die cuz i love cats id do anything to have just one live.... i want a glow in the dark cat <3 lovelz!

Dec 17, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

A neighborhood full of glow in the dark cat

would be really creepy. Like halloween all the time.

Dec 18, 2007
by Adele (not verified)

OMG :O

cute cats.at first i thought it was only their noses.what if they did that with reindeer....rudolph the red nosed reindeer!hehe

Dec 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

this kicks all the comments

this kicks all the comments ass

Jan 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

"humans are the craziest

"humans are the craziest animals ever...torcher them instead!"

My thoughts exactly! Are you volunteering? >:)

Jan 5, 2008
by billy joe bob (not verified)

Their cute but...

eeeeee v v iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii l
e v v i l
eeee v v i l
e v v i l
eeeeee v iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii lllllllllllllllllllllll and they glow. THEIR COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Jan 5, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Had a very shiny nose!hehe

Had a very shiny nose!hehe

Mar 3, 2008
by Anonymous

cool

i think thats really cool

Mar 3, 2008
by Anonymous

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is really trippy i like this a hole lot

Apr 23, 2008
by Anonymous

CUTE!!

these rrrrrrr soooooooooooooooo cute!!!!

Nov 18, 2008
by Anonymous

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Hey that is cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 4, 2008
by Anonymous

Do they live long?

Do they live long?