It’s nice to know that when we foolish Americans are screwing around in medical labs wasting our time trying to come up with cures for frivolous little nuisances like AIDS and cancer, South Korea is focusing on more important achievements – like making dogs glow? WTF?!
According to Reuters, it’s not all that ridiculous though and actually does pave the way with hopes of medical breakthrough. “South Korean scientists said on Wednesday they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Yonhap news agency reported.”
The team, who hails from Seoul National University (SNU), said the fluorescent green glowing when exposed under ultraviolet light is caused after genetically modifying the female when she’s given a doxycycline antibiotic.
Researches on the project said after two years of study, the “ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug to the dog’s food.” Did I mention the dog’s name is Tegon? I think we cold have done better than that. How about light-switch?
Researcher Lee Byeong-chun said, “The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases.” He continued to explain stating, “the dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that the university team used to make the world’s first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005.”
Here’s something you may not know. According to this research team, there are nearly “268 illnesses that humans and dogs have in common. Creating dogs that artificially show such symptoms could aid treatment methods for diseases that afflict humans.” And no… random humping isn’t one of them. But oddly enough, dragging your ass across the carpet is.
As for Tegon, she’s doing quite well health wise. When asked how she felt about her new glowing paws, she said, “Well, fetch at night has become easier… but hide and go seek with the neighborhood dogs is a bitch.”
How much you want to bet that glowing puppies will be the latest Hollywood socialite fad. Couldn’t you just see some dopey blonde starlight stumbling out of a nightclub using her glowing pooch to look for her keys?
I guess now all we have to do for Tegon is to find her the perfect boy dog. Best bet: find one with a ‘glow-stick.’Tags: glowing dog, Medical, South Korea, Tegon