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PostSubject: SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark: officials   Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:01 pm

SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark: officials

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean scientists have cloned cats by manipulating a fluorescent protein gene, a procedure which could help develop treatments for human genetic diseases, officials said Wednesday.

In a side-effect, the cloned cats glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet beams.

A team of 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.

"It marked the first time in the world that cats with RFP genes have been cloned," the ministry said in a statement.

"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 added.

The cats were born in January and February. One was stillborn while two others grew to become adult Turkish Angoras, weighing 3.0 kilogrammes (6.6 pounds) and 3.5 kilogrammes.

"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 technology can also help clone endangered animals like tigers, leopards and wildcats, Kong said.

South Korea's bio-engineering industry suffered a setback after a much-touted achievement by cloning expert Hwang Woo-Suk turned out to have been faked.

The government banned Hwang from research using human eggs after his claims that he created the first human stem cells through cloning were ruled last year to be bogus.

Hwang is standing trial on charges of fraud and embezzlement.
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PostSubject: Re: SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark: officials   Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:08 pm

Fregin monsters. Use a damn rat or something, why they gotta pick on cats.

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PostSubject: Re: SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark: officials   Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:42 pm

The cats are alright though. All of it was done when they were less than embryos, I would imagine.

Plus, how easy is it to find those cats? It would revolutionize the pet industry.

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PostSubject: Re: SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark: officials   Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:28 pm

South Korea has a history of making up their scientific breakthroughs; don't even bother acknowledging this one.

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PostSubject: Re: SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark: officials   Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:07 pm

You're made up!

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PostSubject: Re: SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark: officials   Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:42 am

Came across a video of these cats here:

http://www.spikedhumor.com/articles/135680/Cloned_Cats_Glow_In_The_Dark.html

They don't totally glow in the dark, just the faces kind of light up. It looks wierd.

On a side note, can't the cats have one cage each? Do they really need to all live in one tiny cage?
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PostSubject: Re: SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark: officials   Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:58 pm

Seriously. They are going to keep each other up at night, being all glowing in the dark.

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