Glow in the Dark Cats: Glowing green kittens could help AIDS research, scientists say

By on Sep 12, 2011 in Animals, Health, Science, United States Comments

A team of scientists reportedly made a study on the so-called “glow in the dark” cats in which the “glowing green” kittens may be a big help in AIDS research.

One of GM cats, glow in the dark
Image Credit: Mayo Clinic

As published at on Sunday, September 11, 2011, scientists at the Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, led by Eric Poeschla, created GM (Genetically Modified) kittens.

FIV causes AIDS with loss of infection-fighting T cells like HIV does in people, and cats get sick from virtually the same AIDS-defining opportunistic infections as humans who have untreated HIV.” Eric Poeschla was quoted in the report.

Poeschla emphasized that the aim of the study is to show how a natural protein that prevents macaque monkeys to develop AIDS can do the same in cats.

As noted in the research report in which the study also published at Nature journal, Poeschla and his team produced three glowing GM cats introduced a gene into a cat egg.

Apparently, the gene called green fluorescent protein (GFP), which has its origins in jellyfish, expresses proteins that shine when illuminated with certain frequencies of light.

Genetic modification process is being noted to be a simpler and more efficient method than traditional cloning techniques, with the study having 22 attempts and 3 out of the 5 born kittens survived.

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