Cloning is a topic of much debate that has uses for good and uses that aren’t so good. Being able to clone animals with specific disease states could make it easier for researchers to tackle genetic diseases that affect animals and humans alike.
In 2005 the infamous Hwang Woo Suk, South Korean cloning scientist, admitted to falsifying stem cell cloning research. Even when it was later found that Suk had actually made a possibly larger breakthrough than the faked research suggested, the damage was already done and Suk was fired and faces legal ramifications for his falsified work.
Another group of South Korean scientists has cloned cats with a florescent protein gene that makes them glow red in ultra violet light. Similar techniques have been used in everything from roundworms to goldfish to pigs. The procedure used in the cloning process is hoped to be able to help develop treatments for genetic diseases.
The lead scientist on the project, Kong Il-keun from the Gyeongsang National University was able to produce a trio of cats with the altered glowing gene. The cats were born in January and February, two grew to adult and one cat was still born.
The South Korean Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement, “It marked the first time in the world that cats with [altered fluorescence protein genes] RFP genes have been cloned.”
quote: Why not? really, the cats grew to be adults and apparently suffered no ill effects from the modification. Any successful alteration of genes should be praised because it is a step in the right direction
quote: (Imagine testing, treating, and curing a child with down syndrome before birth. Stuff like this is moving towards making that possible)
quote: One other thing, If I had the option of buying a white kitten and one that glows in the dark, you can bet I would get the glow in the dark kitten. Imagine how easy it would be to ID your cat (and their kittens for that matter..) "Yep, mine is the one that glows in the dark!
quote: You really like to value animal with your money do you? Now, if you think you own them because you've bought them with your money, that doesn't mean they are your slave and you could do anything to them. They're all life creatures, if you don't know that already. They breathe, the walk, they eat, they sleep. I'm asking you, how will it feels if someone bought you in a store and do anything they like to you? Well, I'll just say, hope they don't have the same thinking as yours, cuz if they do, then you're gonna feels like hell in the rest of your life.Tell you what, I've never buy an animal from a shop, and I never feels it's OK to have them in a cage, what would you feel if you being in a cage? Will you feel happy? I do have a pet, but she were a wild cat that come to me when she's pregnant and need help, and so I help her and she always visit me everyday now. Treat animals well and they will treat you well, even if they don't, you still have to treat them well. Show your respect to others so they respect you.
quote: Tell you what, I've never buy an animal from a shop, and I never feels it's OK to have them in a cage, what would you feel if you being in a cage? Will you feel happy? I do have a pet, but she were a wild cat that come to me when she's pregnant and need help, and so I help her and she always visit me everyday now. Treat animals well and they will treat you well, even if they don't, you still have to treat them well. Show your respect to others so they respect you.
quote: However, is there a justifiable reason to do this??? Really like, one could argue that its 'proof of concept' or that its added a little bit to our knowledge, but is there really any need to make these cats 'glow in the dark' so to speak?
quote: what happens if humans start playing god?
quote: Personally, and this is just my opinion, Im all for the beneficial research in cloning and stem cells, but why must the lives of these conscious beings be created to satisfy something that can't possible benefit us???
quote: This isn't playing God. Playing God is fire, brimstone, earthquakes! -- real WRATH OF GOD(TM) stuff here.
quote: Glow-in-the-dark cats and designer children are just good clean harmless fun.
quote: The major design failure here is that I'd still need a UV lamp. I'll hold out for the bioluminescent flavor.
quote: I will suggest based on experience from genetically altered fat mice, glowing fish and various other research successes that it is likely that a highly lucrative glowing pet trade will emerge for glowing cats.
quote: This is a thing that has always been in the back of my mind - what happens if humans start playing god?
quote: I wonder if glowing cat will taste same as regular cat.
quote: While cloning humans is wrong, namely because people kill the clones afterwards;