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Cloned cats glow under UV rays

December 15, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

South Korean scientists have cloned cats that glow red when exposed to ultraviolet rays, an achievement that could help develop cures for human genetic diseases, the Science and Technology Ministry said.

Scientists from Gyeongsang National University and Sunchon National University took skin cells from a cat and inserted a gene that produces a red fluorescent protein before transplanting the genetically modified cells into eggs.

The development means other genes can also be inserted in the course of cloning, paving the way for producing lab cats with genetic diseases, including those of humans, to help develop new treatments, the ministry said.

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