Daily Mail: Glowing green cat’s DNA modified *

Daily Mail
By Daily Mail Reporter and Ryan Kisiel
23.10.2008

In daylight he looks normal, but put him in a darkened room and switch on an ultraviolet light, and his face will beam out a bright green.

The six-month-old cat was created by scientists who are trying to combat a range of diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

They modified his DNA to see if a gene could be introduced harmlessly into an animal’s genetic sequence.

they decided to use one that glowed under ultraviolet light.

The particular gene in question, known as green fluorescence protein, is likely to express itself in mucous membranes - hence his freakish mouth and ears.

Betsy Dresser, at the Audubon Centre for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans,

She said: ‘Cats are ideal for this project because their genetic make-up is similar to that of humans.’

The long-term goal of this project is to develop what has been dubbed a ‘knockout gene’ to combat the cystic fibrosis gene and other diseases.

A special gene was injected into the cat’s DNA using a technique that could help combat genetic diseases

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