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It’s a Cat! It’s a Flashlight!

Glowing CatsIn the “headlines that sound like a joke” department: South Koreans Clone Cats That Glow in the Dark

I think the first paragraph in this article is incorrect, since it says that the researchers “have cloned cats by manipulating a fluorescent protein gene;” I expect what the reporter meant is that they’ve cloned cats which happen to have the manipulated gene. (If all you needed for cloning was manipulating a fluorescent gene, we’d be hip-deep in jellyfish.)

Anyway, this is significant because they’ve monkeyed with a mammal’s genes and then cloned it. This holds great promise for eventually “fixing” all kinds of genetic diseases.

I can see a side market for pets you can find during a power outage, too.

Posted in Science December 17th, 2007 by Chip