Skip to comments.Cyborg bugs and glow-in-the-dark cats: How we're engineering animals
Posted on 04/01/2013 12:25:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Biotech's capabilities extend to pet owners. A dog owner who frets about losing a beloved companion might be intrigued by the possibilities cloning offers, while cat lovers with allergies would probably be interested to hear that genetic engineering could offer a solution.
GloFish, which are zebrafish that have been genetically engineered to contain a fluorescent protein gene, are sold as pets in 49 states. (There's also a domestic cat in the U.S., Mr. Green Genes, who glows when placed under ultraviolet light, although Anthes doesn't foresee there being much of a market for more like him.)
CNN explored these examples and some of the stickier ethical questions posed by engineering animals in an interview this week with Anthes. Some answers were edited for brevity.
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Sheldon: I read an article about Japanese scientists, who inserted DNA from luminous jellyfish into other animals, and I thought hey, fish nightlights.
Leonard: Fish nightlights.
Sheldon: Its a billion dollar idea. Shhhhh!
Leonard: Mums the word. Sheldon, are you sure you dont want to just apologise to Gablehauser and get your job back.
Sheldon: Oh, no, no, no. No, Ive too much to do.
Leonard: Like luminous fish.
Leonard: Right I didnt .
Sheldon: Thats just the beginning. I also have an idea for a bulk mail-order feminine hygiene company. Oh, glow in the dark tampons! Leonard, were going to be rich.
Ligers are my favorite amimals