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Posted by abeodbart August 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

On Wednesday, Scientists from Seoul National University in South Korea announced that they have created a glowing dog while utilising a cloning technique designed to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Pictured is the team’s genetically modified female beagle, Tegon, which was born in 2009 and was found to glow in a fluorescent green colour while under ultraviolet light.After two years of testing, the research team has found that the glowing ability is triggered by a doxycycline antibiotic and can be turned on or off by adding or removing certain drugs to the dog’s food.

“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,” explained lead researcher Lee Byeong-chun. He went on to state that humans and dogs have 268 common diseases, and that creating dogs with artificial symptoms could help in the treatment of these deadly diseases that affect humans.

Full story and pics at Toms Guide

August 2, 2011 at 11:55 am
Flapjack says:

Isn’t the ‘glow in the dark dog’ thing more or less the Scooby doo-style reveal at the end of “The Hound of the Baskervilles”? Might save on the effects budget if they make another Sherlock Holmes movie…

August 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm
lorna says:

A glowing dog, who would of thought it! :) I learnt some new stuff from that website. Cheers Guys 😀

August 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm
miep says:

This is so wrong on all possible levels of wrongness.

August 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Matt says:

They’ll be working alongside canaries and miners in no time.

August 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm
Kia001 says:

The horrors of science had never been so cute!:)

August 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm
phil says:

a glowing dog, great i wont need to take a torch next time i go out at night with Rover !

August 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Daniel says:

Did they eat it after? 😛

August 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm
Aoife says:

A cure for Alzheimers?


August 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm
alan says:

Not exactly a cure for Alzheimer’s. But at least when you find yourself in a strange place in the middle of the night, you don’t have try and remember where the light switch is.

September 8, 2011 at 9:16 am
Luke says:

Don’t they realise that this is just the first step towards a massive evil glowing mega-dog which will smash up Seoul before being destroyed in a volcano? The fools!


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