Glowing Cats Shed Light on AIDS

While the title is a bit of an iffy pun this article from BBC News is much more scientific than it sounds. Scientists have inserted a gene into cats that help them resist the feline form of AIDS. While they were at it thought they also decided to insert another gene which produces a glowing protein. With these changes made they have produced a cat that not only glows in the dark, but also has cells which resist feline AIDS. Scientists hope that when they actually expose the cats to the feline virus they will possess full immunity to the disease.

I know this has big implications for humans if we can better understand how to develop immunity, but I can’t get past how cool it would be to have a dog or cat the glows in the dark.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14882008

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