Sunday, October 26, 2008

Glow in the Dark Cat



I came across an article on nola.com (New Orleans Times Picayune) about a genetic experiment that resulted in a cat that glows in the dark. That could be useful. Maybe I wouldn't trip over my cats as I wander the house at night. Actually, the cat doesn't really glow in the dark. His mucous membranes fluoresce under ultraviolet light (a black light).

The researchers at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species wanted to see if they could harmlessly insert a gene into the cat's genetic sequence. Their goal is to combat diseases using gene therapy. Interestingly, I wasn't able to find this press release on their site.

Now they are going to put "Mr. Green Genes" to stud to see if the fluorescent gene will be transmitted to his offspring.

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