Delighted to Meet You, Glow-in-the-Dark Kitties
Bizarre cats part of Mayo Clinic study to fight HIV, AIDS
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2011 2:38 AM CDT
Cats in a Mayo Clinic study glow in the dark. The project is part of a study on how to best battle HIV and AIDS in humans.   (Photo: Mayo Clinic)

(Newser) – Me-WOW. Some cats are glowing, thanks to researchers at Mayo Clinic, who inserted Rhesus monkey and jellyfish genes into unfertilized cat eggs. The mix makes resulting kittens apparently resistant to feline immunodeficiency virus, which causes feline AIDS. Oh, yeah, and it also makes them glow under special lights. It's all part of a study on how to best fight human HIV and AIDS—as well as battle feline AIDS, which is plaguing domestic cats. The glowing stunt helps researchers track the cats' engineered genes and cells. "We want to see if we can protect the domestic cat against its AIDS virus, if we can protect any species, eventually including ours, against its own AIDS virus," Dr. Eric Poeschla tells Live Science.

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Sep 14, 2011 4:51 PM CDT
GFP is very often used as a reporter gene.
Sep 12, 2011 9:34 PM CDT
So let me get this straight, in order to be immune to HIV/AIDS, we have to glow in the dark? This wouldn't be too bad. Unless you're a ninja. :P
Sep 12, 2011 6:26 PM CDT
Now we are torturing -Cats- so that low lifes with HIV/AIDS supposedly can be helped, where are the liberal do gooders, or -Animals- can be sacrificed to supposedly save other animals? PS, you liberals can save the usual propaganda because 98% of HIV/AIDS people got the -Virus- because of risky behaviour, boo hoo hoo etc.???