Glow-in-the-Dark Cats

By ABC News

Dec 12, 2007 1:55pm

Please click on the picture to the left and bask in its warm (or cool) glow while you read the rest.  We’re not entirely sure what to make of this story, but a team in South Korea says it has cloned two cats–who happen to glow red when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Just why would you want a cat that glows in the dark?  It was just an interesting accident, says the lead researcher, Kong Il-keun of Gyeongsang National University, as quoted by the South Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.  They were only interested in getting cats with something called red flourescence protein, useful if you want to track genetic activity in the animals.

From Korea.net: “‘The ability to manipulate the fluorescent protein and use this to clone cats, opens new horizons for artificially creating animals with human illnesses linked to genetic causes,’ a government official said. This, he said, can speed up efforts to find treatment and drugs by allowing scientists to study animals and conduct experiments that are not possible with human patients.”

That or you’re trying to get a really odd picture.

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