South Korean scientists create glowing cats using modified gene
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean scientists have cloned cats that glow red when exposed to ultraviolet rays, an achievement that could help develop cures for human genetic diseases, the Science and Technology Ministry said.
Three Turkish Angora cats were born in January and February through cloning with a gene that produces a red fluorescent protein that makes them glow in dark. One died at birth, but the two others survived, the ministry said.
The ministry claimed it was the first time cats with modified genes have been cloned.
Scientists from Gyeongsang National University and Sunchon National University took skin cells from a cat and inserted the fluorescent gene into them before transplanting the genetically modified cells into eggs.
The development means other genes can also be inserted in the course of cloning, paving the way for producing lab cats with genetic diseases, including those of humans, to help develop new treatments, the ministry said.
I always knew there was a good reason to distrust Koreans. Their giant foreheads house brains filled with evil. Sure, for now it's just cats that glow in the dark, I assume so they can see where they're going at night as they stand on your chest and suck out your soul through your face, but soon it'll be death beams from the eyes or God knows what else. This has one of sci-fi horror movie plots tattooed all over it. Scientists should be finding ways to purge cats from existance, not giving them genetic enhancements.