Cloned cats glow in the dark
In 2004, South Korean scientist Hwang Woo Suk was honoured by Time Magazine in the annual list of People who Mattered, in recognition of his work to clone a human being. According to Time Magazine, “Hwang has already proved that human cloning is no longer science fiction, but a fact of life”. Well as it turned out in 2006, Hwang’s work was fabricated and he now stands-trial on charges of fraud and embezzlement.
Recovering from this setback, South Korean scientists are now at it again, this time cloning cats by manipulating a fluorescent protein gene.
However as a side-effect, the cloned cats glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet beams… Remember going to Disco and pulling out your credit card under the pink lights?
The scientists led by Kong Il-keun (a cloning expert at Gyeongsang National University) are adamant that there are benefits in this research.
The ability to produce cloned cats with the manipulated genes is significant as it could be used for developing treatments for genetic diseases and for reproducing model (cloned) animals suffering from the same diseases as humans… It will also help develop stemcell treatments.
Kong said, noting that cats have 250 kinds of genetic diseases that affect humans also.
According to the cloning experts, their technology can also help clone endangered animals like tigers, leopards and wildcats.
Hmmm…. I’m inclined to believe this one. Just look at the resemblance between the Hyundai and Jaguar below. Obviously the Koreans know a thing or two about cloning.
No, I didn’t make this up. Check out some red fluorescent cats yourself. Now, these red and green cats are so scary, if you have one of these cats at home, I am sure your home will be free of rodents for many years to come! 🙂