The Glow-In-The-Dark Kitty | Surprising Science

The Glow-In-The-Dark Kitty | Surprising Science

Cat owners might find a glow-in-the-dark kitty to be fairly useful—you’ll never trip over the cat at night again—but the Mayo Clinic scientists who created this glowing cat had a bigger goal in mind: fighting AIDS.

The substance that makes the cat glow is a version of the green fluorescent protein that lights up the crystal jelly, a type of jellyfish that lives off the West Coast of the United States. Years ago scientists realized that the gene for GFP is a perfect marker when they insert another new gene into an organism. By inserting a version of GFP along with their gene of choice, they could easily see if they were successful because the organism would glow. Since the technique was first developed, researchers have made many glowing animals, including pigs, mice, dogs, even fish you can buy in the pet store.

via The Glow-In-The-Dark Kitty | Surprising Science.

 

 

Although I’m not too sure we are ready for a cat that glows green, but I can see the usefulness of this in research.

Seriously, the more we experiment, the better our lives will be…

However, I have been reading about a paleontologist who wants to revert a chicken into a dinosaur. Can’t clone a dino with DNA because the DNA degrades too easily, but they’re figuring out how to turn off the genes that causes a chicken to be a chicken, and into a dinosaur.

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