Glowing Kittens Helps AIDS Research

These glowing kittens may hold an important clue in the fight against AIDS in felines... and people.

Researchers with the Mayo Clinic are modifying genes in cats and say they're quite impressed with the results.

They say they inserted genes from a monkey into cats' eggs before fertilization. The genes are known to block FIV infections, similar to HIV in humans. The team also placed a jellyfish gene in the cats for tracking purposes. That's what makes the resulting kittens glow green.

Researchers say early tests show these kittens' modified cells kept FIV infections from spreading.

Photograph: Mayo Clinic

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  • by Richard Location: Panama City on Sep 14, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    My next question would be, "What happens to these poor kittens now? Are they murdered or so they get to live out their lives like they should?"
  • by John Location: Panama City on Sep 13, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    If I'm reading this right, that's all well and good for the next generation, but can gene therapy help those in the present generation? And if NOT, does this mean genetic manipulation will be an option for invitro-fertilization? And are we on the cusp of an age of genetically modified human beings? I'm sure there are great benefits to be had, but is that a place we really want to go?
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