Saturday, July 30, 2011

Science Saturday: Fluorescent Animals

Korean scientists have developed a fluorescent puppy.

south korea glowing dog

Not just a novelty, the glowing pooch (a female beagle clone named Tegon) expands horizons for research into diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Instead of artificially inducing fluorescence into a dog (which is only useful if you want to take your pet to a rave), scientists involved with the study can also artificially induce any number of the 268 illnesses we share in common with dogs. The good news? They can also turn off the fluorescence (or the disease) with drugs as well—meaning Tegon doesn't have a lifetime of fluorescence or Alzheimer's to worry about.

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