Wednesday, December 12, 2007

cloned cats glow in the dark.

I didn't believe it when i saw this, but.......seeing is believing.

A group of South Korean scientists led by Kong Il-keun, a cloning expert at Gyeongsang National University, produced three cats possessing altered fluorescence protein (RFP) genes, the Ministry of Science and Technology said. The plan is to be able to manipulate the genome so that certain genetic diseases can be eliminated. I suspect the fluorescent protein gene was added from fish that possess a similar gene but it didn't say in the report.

"This technology can be applied to clone animals suffering from the same diseases as humans," the leading scientist, Kong, told AFP.

"It will also help develop stemcell treatments," he said, noting that cats have some 250 kinds of genetic diseases that affect humans, too.

The South Koreans were discredited several years ago when one of their scientists was found cheating on his cloning studies, he is now standing trial.

The North Koreans tried to down play the South Korean results. Government Science bureau director Sum Dum Prek stated " North Korean cats glow in dark to....particularly those around the Yong bong nuclear plant"

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