Glow-In-The-Dark Cats vs AIDS

Genetisch veränderte Katzen, die im Dunkeln leuchten und Wissenschaftler bei der Bekämpfung von AIDS helfen. Ja, echt!

Genetically modified glow-in-the-dark cats not only make stylish, futuristic pets, but now provide insight into feline AIDS as well. The cats were injected with an antiviral gene from a rhesus macaque monkey that helps them resist feline AIDS, along with one that produces the fluorescent protein GFP. The latter gene, which is naturally produced by jellyfish, is regularly used in genetic engineering as a way to mark cells. If the cats aren't glowing, then the AIDS-resisting gene might not have made it into the cell either.

PopSci: Glow-In-The-Dark Cats Could Provide Answers About AIDS, MSNBC: Green-glowing cats are new tool in AIDS research, hier die Website der Mayo Clinic, ist aber grade down. (via Martin)