Fluorescent Puppies

The world’s first transgenic dogs are a litter of four cloned beagles that glow red under ultraviolet light. The puppies were cloned by a team led by scientists at Seoul National University in South Korea. They used a virus to infect canine fibroblast cells with the glowing gene, then cloned cells to produce 344 embryos implanted into 20 dogs, producing seven pregnancies.
A team led by Byeong-Chun Lee of Seoul National University in South Korea created the dogs by cloning fibroblast cells that express a red fluorescent gene produced by sea anemones.

Lee and stem cell researcher Woo Suk Hwang were part of a team that created the first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005. Much of Hwang's work on human cells turned out to be fraudulent, but Snuppy was not, an investigation later concluded.

This new proof-of-principle experiment should open the door for transgenic dog models of human disease, says team member CheMyong Ko of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. "The next step for us is to generate a true disease model," he says.

Link -via Buzzfeed

See also: Fluorescent cats, fish, pigs, and rabbits.

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I also wish i had that much optimism :)
They probly wouldn't be able to live a normal dog life as they are the property of the lab in which they were created, and taking them off premisis is considered theft.
The lab will get what they want out of them and the put them to sleep, poor little guys.
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Are you really sure that's what's going to happen to the glowpuppies? The experiment done to them was done before they were born, when they were just a small lump of cells. I doubt they felt anything then.

And I see no reason why, after being born, they would not be allowed to live a normal dog life, perhaps given to the scienctists or family/friends, etc..
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