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Genetically-Engineered Glow-In-The-Dark Puppy

Genetically-Engineered Glow-In-The-Dark Puppy

by Joel MatiraAugust 24, 2011

Reuters reports that South Korean scientists seem to have made a genetically-engineered glowing beagle with hopes of finding cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and also aims to help researchers identify possible side-effects of such treatments in humans.

Named as Tegon, this puppy may hold the key to various human diseases, as the glow-in-the-dark property which can be controlled with the addition of an antibiotic called doxycycline. Without harming the dog, the ability to make it glow helps to identify possible complications from diseases.

Tegon, a newborn genetically modified beagle puppy glows green under ultraviolet light. Photo Credit: Seoul National University Hospital for Animals

The genes being injected to make the dog glow could be substituted with genes that trigger fatal diseases. Scientists would then be able to chart the course and have better understanding how such diseases develop.

Tegon was created through a multi-step cloning process called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer which was used to generate an embryo with the modified DNA (a dog’s combined with a green fluorescent gene from a sea anemone). The embryo then was implanted in a surrogate beagle mother.  In 2009, the Associated Press reported that four beagles that glowed red which were called “the world’s first transgenic dogs carrying fluorescent genes were likewise engineered by South Korean scientists.

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Joel Matira
Joel Matira is a computer engineer turned development work specialist. Knowledge he earned from various training/exposure visits abroad proves that IT is a key factor to development. Joel completed his master’s degree in public management at the Ateneo de Manila University.. You may join his travel adventures thru his blog .
  • hindi ba talaga harmful for the dog un? hmmm. ala lang

  • A cloned dog with a sea anemone gene.. hmmm.. Ang cute ni Tegon. I just hope na hindi talaga sya harmful.

  • cute ng dog… glow in the dark…

  • Wow! Glow in the dark! irereblog ko ito. ((:

  • Hanep umiilaw yung aso!? Galing!

  • khris

    Hahaha… hanep to ah… galing! sana nagglow in the dark din ung ilong… parang si rudolph…

  • Zen

    It would be okay.. But I hope that it won’t be harmful for the dog. Hmm.. I hate that if it does..

  • Wow, astig naman nito BON! Ang cute ni TEGON, hehehe! Gusto ko rin modify genes ng mga aso ko, gusto ko silang makalipad, hehehe! =P

  • Naawa ako sa kanya, di ko alam kung bakit. Hehe