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WATCH: Will Glow-In-The-Dark LOL Cats Cure AIDS?

We’re all desperate for an end to the AIDS pandemic, but the latest breathrough in the search for a cure sounds like its out of a bad science-fiction movie: Scientists at the Mayo Clinic claim they can pass along a protective gene that fights Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)—essentially the feline version of AIDS—by splicing cells from a monkey that resists the disease—along with jellyfish protein that make it glow in the dark— into a feline embryo. 

What’s the jellyfish nightcap for? It lets researchers know the transfer worked: If kitty glows in the dark, we have a winner! Right now the Mayo Clinic reports that in their initial findings, the cats with the protective genes are doing well—and producing offspring with the same genes.

We knew we were cat people for a good reason.

Video via ABC 7


On:           Sep 13, 2011
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    • tallest

      This is goddamn amazing! I love science! Where can I get one of these glow in the dark cats?

      Sep 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Skeloric

      This kitty is right here in my home town?
      I want one!!!!

      Sep 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      Cats are stealthy night hunters. Glowing in the dark defeats this ability. Science doesn’t care about cats.

      Sep 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisC

      @Kev C: I doubt a house cat has to worry and hunting. What’s better, a few cats that can’t hunt at night, or millions of people continuing to die.

      Sep 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      @ChrisC: Exploiting cats for human “consumption”, actually. It’s cruel and unusual. Creating abominations of nature doesn’t solve problems, it just creates more abominations.

      Sep 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PilateError

      They only “glow” under a black light, not all the time; so unless a kitty hunts in a night club, he/she has no worry about his/her stealth.

      Sep 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Red Meat

      I want my Cat to glow in the dark, fuck off PETA.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 12:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Bony Man

      @Kev C: How very moral absolutist… I think that making the cats resistant to feline AIDS, but making them glow under a blacklight (also known as not harming them at all) is perfectly fine. Especially if it could save millions of lives (which, over a period of time, it could).

      Sep 14, 2011 at 12:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      @The Bony Man: Yeah sure. When was the last time bioengineering produced anything beneficial except making money? I bet this will fail and will all be in vain, as usual. And I’ll bet that I will win this bet.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 1:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chad

      @Kev C: the only way it’s going to fail is when the christians start saying scientists are playing god and will want gov. to start making laws to ban the research.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 7:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville

      Many of you are missing the point: the glow-in-the-dark aspect is almost just like injecting dyes into one’s blood stream in order to find aneurysms. Also, the glow-in-the-dark “dye” is a naturally occurring agent found in the jellyfish induced into the cat embryo. This is a remarkable contribution to find a cure for HIV/AIDS.

      And Kev C. if you are truly sincere, then you MUST give up ALL medical treatments for ALL aspects in your life — there are no treatments that are not based on reengineering some other part of nature and science — NONE (otherwise your body would fix every problem, injury, disease, condition).

      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      @Mike in Asheville: Arsenic, belladonna and snake venom also occur naturally. And some can be used as medicine. Hey, remember the stem cell debates of the 1990’s? Science promised so many cures if they were allowed to use stem cells. To date, only one use has been found, and of course, it’s incredibly expensive.


      Genetic engineering hasn’t produced any new cures. It has produced ways of developing existing medicines (“pharming”). And it’s produced a lot of ethical problems and shady practices.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777

      @PilateError: “They only “glow” under a black light, not all the time; so unless a kitty hunts in a night club, he/she has no worry about his/her stealth.”


      Sep 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adman

      Kev C has gone around the bend again, I see. When has bio-science produced anything beneficial besides money? You’re not thinking well, hon. Get off of the interwebz and crack a book.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      @Adman: I said bioengineering .. biotech .. frankenscience. For all the money pumped into this research, it’s produced remarkably few cures. I mean, where else can you have a 2000% fail rate and be called “promising”?

      Sep 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tallest

      Kev… Science is not instantaneous. It does take time and quite a lot of trial and error. People always bitchin, wanting their instant gratification with a smile and a yes sir. (thats mostly tongue in cheek lol. that last part anyway)

      Sep 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi

      Imagine how coll it would be to have a yard full of those glowing cats for Halloween!

      Sep 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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