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South Korea: Glowing Dog

(Reuters) – South Korean scientists said on Wednesday they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Yonhap news agency reported.

A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic, the report said.

The researchers, who completed a two-year test, said the ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug to the dog’s food.

“The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases,” the news agency quoted lead researcher Lee Byeong-chun as saying.

He said the dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that the university team used to make the world’s first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005.

The scientist said that because there are 268 illnesses that humans and dogs have in common, creating dogs that artificially show such symptoms could aid treatment methods for diseases that afflict humans.

The latest discovery published in ‘Genesis’, an international journal, took four years of research with roughly 3.2 billion won ($3 million) spent to make the dog and conduct the necessary verification tests, Yonhap said.-

Random Dan– Not only was this dog cloned, but it also glows!  Jesus.  The fact that we can do these things is pretty amazing.  Maybe at the moment this may seem like ‘what good is this?,’ but I can see how this could be a step towards more testing and other scientific breakthroughs.  Eventually, the ‘ doxycycline antibiotic’ that was given to the dog could be in every survivor/health pack around the world.  For people who go hiking to people out in the snow, the ability to glow at night could be a lifesaver.  I’d like to glow for other reasons:

1. Body glow party
2. Glow sex
3. Halloween
4. Scare the hell out of people
5. Sports at night.  Team glow colors.

-This could also help police officers if gangs started glowing whatever color represented their hood.  Will also help gangs know who’s who.

This does beg to ask the question (which I’m sure ALL Koreans are wondering):

If you eat a glowing dog, will you also glow?

Unfortunately there have been no tests done (or at least no results reported).  Hopefully we will find out soon.  But if you notice glowing Koreans walking around at night, it’s safe to say it’s not radiation from Japan.

The Smurfs had their day ladies and gentlemen.  Now, it’s our turn.

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  1. August 1, 2011 at 9:10 am


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