Real Life Dog Glows In The Dark

amazing animal news funny dog blogThose crazy humans always look to up the ante on the latest and greatest inventions.

First we had Caveman Ugh, tired of eating cold food, inventing the ad-hoc ability to create fire, thereby creating light.

Then we had Charles Waximoto, the inventor of the candle, sustaining the length of that light.

Soon Eddie Son (not to be confused with the character on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) came up with the light bulb, all so we could hear “Don’t leave the lights on if you’re not in the room!”

Not to be outdone, F. Gordon invents the Flash light so we could all read Dog Fancy under the dog bed blanket.

Before we knew it, glow stick were all the rage at…rages.

So what could possibly be next in the evolution of light?

A dog that glows in the dark. Reuters has the details.

SEOUL (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 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 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.

I glow every day. I’m a ray of sunshine for all to behold. No need to genetically modify me. Just copy my DNA.


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