Glowing Clones

In South Korea, scientists have successfully cloned four beagles that glow red under ultraviolet light. During the day, the beagles appear normal, although their nails and abdomen are a red color. When placed under ultraviolet light, the beagle glows like a ruby.

The scientist believe that by successfully inserting genes with a specific trait (glowing) they are proving that this can be used as a platform to treat disease.

The puppies are all named “Ruppy”–a combination of “ruby” and “puppy”–and were made by inserting fluorescent genes into the skin cells of a beagle, placing them into an egg, and implanting them into the womb of a surrogate mother dog (a local mixed breed).

A South Korean scientist cloned glowing cats in 2007, and scientists in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. have cloned fluorescent mice and pigs.

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  1. caught you on coast to coast lsat night. very interesting storys, and george has the patience of a saint when people ramble on and can tactfuly get rid of them. the caller who talked about the dr. who lived with the mummified corpse, this was a real case that happened in florida in the 20’s or 30’s. i’ve seen programs on this i think on the history channel. after the dr. died and the ladys body was discovered it was displayed to the public(to include children on field trips) for a year. i don’t remember the man’s name or the city it took place in but i’m sure it was in florida.

    • Thanks so much for listening. That is an amazing story and I took notes when the caller mentioned it. I will definitely research more. So bizarre!

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