Fascinating Glow in the dark pets- Plus other living, breathing, glowing animals, plants and microorganisms

Just add doxycycline to glow beagle!

After the creation of Snuppy in 2005, another genetically engineered dog is presented to public a few days ago by South Korean scientists adding a brighter twist to cloning. A two year old female beagle named Tegon glows fluorescent green when placed under ultraviolet light. The dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology and was genetically engineered to glow when ‘Dox-induced’ food is taken. According to lead researcher Byeong-Chun Lee and his colleagues, the reason behind this glow in the dark feature is to help scientists in their research that could aid treatment methods for diseases that afflict humans.

Image by: REUTERS/Seoul National University

Previously, international news reports published four transgenic dogs carrying fluorescent genes that glows red and South Korean scientists named them all Ruppy [Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30463427/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/scientists-claim-have-cloned-glowing-dogs/#.Tjjzg2GmgdU%5D.

This makes me want to ask Taiwanese scientists, what happened to the three little pigs that glow in the dark?

Read more on other living, breathing, glowing animals, plants and microorganisms on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence on Earth, Trend Impulse

2 thoughts on “Fascinating Glow in the dark pets- Plus other living, breathing, glowing animals, plants and microorganisms

  1. Hmm, we won’t even see the dog glowing unless we take him near a UV source. It would be interesting to take this dog out for a walk at night and see it emitting green light. Maybe, the we can change the street lights and provide filtering glasses.??

    On the other hand, this could turn out to be an energy saving breakthrough. Just imagine the amount of energy savings from being able to dramatically reduce lighting just to see our pets glow

    nah!

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