Can’t find your pet at night? Make him glow!
So when you thought crazy scientists thought of everything, they top themselves once more.
Once again, it’s the Korean scientists leading the news of a genetically modified dog that glows:
A cloned beagle named Ruppy – short for Ruby Puppy – is the world’s first transgenic dog. She and four other beagles all produce a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light.
A team led by Byeong-Chun Lee of Seoul National University in South Korea created the dogs by cloning fibroblast cells that express a red fluorescent gene produced by sea anemones.
Why you ask? Who knows. But it’s only fair since they made a kitty glow before Ruppy:
Apparently, Koreans have a hard time seeing at night. Instead of turning on lights, they figured it’s easier to attach a light bulb on the pet instead. And they went a step further and turned the pet into the light bulb for environmental concerns.