Cat owners and kitty lovers may find a glow in the dark feline quite a useful addition: you will never trip over them again. Though that is not why scientists have been developing the genetics that causes cats to glow in the dark, these scientists are fighting AIDS.
Mayo Clinic scientists have been experimenting with using a green fluorescent protein that lights up, known as the crystal jelly it is actually a protein found in a jellyfish native to the West Coast of United States. The gene used has been identified as the perfect candidate for marking where they need to insert another gene into the organism, allowing scientists to pre-plan very delicate procedures.
Furthermore, they know immediately if they are successful because the animal then glows. The technique has been used on pigs, mice, dogs, and even fish. In rarer, cases some glow in the dark fish has even found themselves ending up in pet stores. So if you ever need a free lamp, then it may be the time to start scouring your pet stores.
In this research where they are trying to find a cure for aids, Mayo Clinic inserted their cure and the glow in the dark genes into the unfertilized eggs of a mother who had feline AIDS. After the eggs were fertilized, the kittens glowed green which meant they successfully inserted in their cure. And even better, subsequent offspring of the kittens also glowed green meaning their cure was being passed down naturally, protecting them from feline AIDS.
However, the researchers still have a lot of tests to run to find out if the cure is actually protecting the cats from feline aids. So far they have not been able to show the cats are AIDS-proof. Of course, the ultimate goal of their research is to develop a way to make humans resistant to HIV which is the virus that causes human aids. For the meantime though, we do have this cute glow in the dark kitties.