South Korean scientists create glowing dog: report

SEOUL Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:20am EDT

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean scientists said on Wednesday they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, Yonhap news agency reported.

A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic, the report said.

The researchers, who completed a two-year test, said the ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug 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," the news agency quoted lead researcher Lee Byeong-chun as saying.

He said the dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that the university team used to make the world's first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005.

The scientist said that because there are 268 illnesses that humans and dogs have in common, creating dogs that artificially show such symptoms could aid treatment methods for diseases that afflict humans.

The latest discovery published in 'Genesis', an international journal, took four years of research with roughly 3.2 billion won ($3 million) spent to make the dog and conduct the necessary verification tests, Yonhap said.

(Reporting by Jeremy Laurence; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

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Comments (33)
Celtic67 wrote:
The more you start tinkering with genomes and genetic manipulation, the greater the opportunity for disasterous consequences.

Jul 27, 2011 10:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:
I assume this is more or less the same technique that allowed them to produce glowing mice a few years back?

Jul 27, 2011 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tedberens wrote:
Can’t fool me. The Koreans just want to be able to eat their dogs in the dark. Please, Koreans, stop experimenting on man’s best friend. Use prisoners.

Jul 27, 2011 11:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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