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Glowing Cats a New Tool in AIDS Research

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the healing-glow dept.

Biotech 107

sciencehabit writes "Scientists have developed a strain of green-glowing cat by infecting their eggs with a virus containing a foreign gene—the first time this method has worked in a carnivore. Experts say the advance could make the cat a valuable new genetic model—and potentially protect it from an HIV-like virus. "

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So.... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377146)

Sex with cats will protect me from HIV? I'd hate to be a cat in Africa...

Re:So.... (5, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377264)

It is a common belief in Africa (as it was in England in the 1800s) that fucking a virgin will cure STDs.

But I have it on good authority that if you try to have sex with a lion, you will not die of AIDS.

Re:So.... (5, Funny)

demonbug (309515) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377356)

It is a common belief in Africa (as it was in England in the 1800s) that fucking a virgin will cure STDs.

But I have it on good authority that if you try to have sex with a lion, you will not die of AIDS.

Oh how wrong you are; and trust me, Acquired Intense Disembowelment Syndrome is not a fun way to go.

Re:Sleeping with a Virgin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377676)

From being a Mormon, i know that Magical Fuck Frogs are the way to cure AIDS, not sleeping with a virgin (or raping babies).

Re:Sleeping with a Virgin (1)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 3 years ago | (#37380752)

Magical Fuck Frocks - Is that what they're calling garmies [wikipedia.org] these days?

The Book of Mormon: The Musical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37382552)

I should've guessed that references to Broadway musicals would've been outside the realm of slashdotter knowledge. Ah well, maybe somebody laughed. (:

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377366)

Well, only FELINE HIV, I'd presume...

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377418)

Sex with cats will protect me from HIV?

Yes, but condoms are more comfortable for your partner and are easier to put.

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37380204)

No, sex with only glowing pussies will protect you. But on a second thought, I guess a glowing pussy will get more business and will have higher probability of getting infected and consequently spreading more AIDS, so I don't know for sure if glowing pussy is any better in the long run.

On the other hand (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377730)

On the other hand, I can see furries being all over this. "No, really, you'll be ok if you wear this glowing cat suit" :p

Re:So.... (1)

obergfellja (947995) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378524)

according to the way they thought how aids was spread, do a monkey or gay guy, you get aids... do a pussy or a cat, you get the opposite?

AIDS IS SO GAY !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377162)

But it's not in the news anymore, so it's not cool at all !!

Annoying at night... (4, Funny)

Roogna (9643) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377184)

From my experience in life, my cats always liked trying to wake me up in the middle of the night. So now they'll be giving off light too? Great. Not an improvement.

Re:Annoying at night... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377728)

It would really freak out any visitors at night. Go to sleep at night right when you are about to fall asleep you are in a half daze. You feel a bit of a movement then there is a glowing cat staring you down.

Re:Annoying at night... (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377734)

I'm glad I quit doing hallucinogens a long time ago. Reality is getting to be just too damned weird as it is.

Re:Annoying at night... (1)

user flynn (236683) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378834)

I'm glad I quit doing hallucinogens a long time ago.

You sure about that? After all, you think you read this comment.

Re:Annoying at night... (0)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378174)

Not to rain on your joke, but this seems to be GFP, which is fluorescent, not "glow in the dark." You'd have to shine a much brighter blue light on them to get them to emit green light. So your cats will only wake you up if you have a blinding blue night-light and are wearing glasses that filter out the blue light but let in the green light. Which is fine if that's what you're into, I'm not judging. Some people think I'm weird for having three cats.

A blinding blue night-light (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#37380038)

So your cats will only wake you up if you have a blinding blue night-light

You mean like the power indicator LED on a growing number of electronic devices?

Re:A blinding blue night-light (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#37381086)

No. The excitation light for a fluorophore is always going to be more intense and higher-energy than the emitted light, otherwise it would violate the laws of thermodynamics. If the LED light on your clock isn't bright enough to wake you up, the light emitted from your cat will not be bright enough to wake you up.

Re:Annoying at night... (1)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378204)

Oh fer cri, it's 2011 people, we've been doing this kind of thing for DECADES. The cat isn't self luminous, it's NOT BIOLUMINESCENT, IT'S FLUORESCENT.

It does get me to thinking though, are there any phosphorescent proteins known?

Re:Annoying at night... (3, Informative)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378728)

The little neon tetra's at the pet store they sell for a buck each have phosphorescent proteins from jellyfish in them. The don't glow brightly, but they do glow.

Re:Annoying at night... (1)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 3 years ago | (#37380144)

Mmmmmno, they don't. The fish are FLUORescent, not PHOSPHORescent. They're transfected with GFP like these cats. Hence the name GFP: green fluorescent protein.

FLUORESCENCE PHOSPHORescence ELECTROluminescence GALVANOluminescence BIOLUMinescence

All these phenomena are distinct. I'm wondering if anyone has ever heard of any naturally occurring PHOSphorescent molecules.

Re:Annoying at night... (1)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 3 years ago | (#37380198)

Oh, I guess /. doesn't render =/= signs, like the ones that were supposed to appear in between all those terms in my last msg. Megalamesville. C'mon, what is this 1997?

Re:Annoying at night... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37381872)

Not sure (been I while since I was active in the aquarium community) but I think neon tetras are naturally that way. You might be thinking of Glofish, which are actually trademarked and glow brightly under a blacklight.

Re:Annoying at night... (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378354)

I'm sure it's only a soft glow, and it will make it harder to trip over or accidentally kick them in the dark. That would be a big safety improvement, especially when they try to get your attention by zig-zagging just in front of your swinging feet in total darkness.

Not impressed. (3, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377194)

Just some monochromatic green glow. Call me when the skin of the cat is a 1920x1080p display with 24bit color.

Re:Not impressed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377294)

Just some monochromatic green glow. Call me when the skin of the cat is a 1920x1080p display with 24bit color.

I'll wait until there is a 1920x1200 model. I'm not giving up that extra 120 pixels of vertical space without a fight.

Re:Not impressed. (2)

dintech (998802) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377400)

That 120px is for the "I can haz radiation?" caption.

Re:Not impressed. (4, Funny)

djdanlib (732853) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377554)

It's probably going to take a while to decide on the cabling standard.

The quarreling feline-luminescence-transport camps are currently divided between CAT-5meow, CAT-6, High Definition Meow Interface and DisplayPurr-t.

Also, the mouse compatibility bug is being worked, but resolution appears to be a ways out still.

Re:Not impressed. (1)

hierophanta (1345511) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377942)

i would have loved to have modded this up, good work sir.

Re:Not impressed. (2)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377412)

Wait, Nyan Cat is the cure for AIDS? The meme circle is complete.

Re:Not impressed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377782)

That would be consumer widecat. Proffesionals prefer their cats in 4:3 format.

Re:Not impressed. (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 3 years ago | (#37383632)

Call me when you can display captions directly on the cat.
I mean without that whole messy staple-gun business.

Glow-in-the-dark ??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377200)

Why am I suddenly reminded of the John Ritter movie, "Skin Deep"?

Re:Glow-in-the-dark ??? (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377362)

Nevermind that, why am I reminded of the Gilligan's Island episode where gilligan drinks a bunch of stuff and he glows at the end.

Re:Glow-in-the-dark ??? (1)

metalgamer84 (1916754) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377582)

Logan's Run was the first thing that came to mind for me..odd.

Re:Glow-in-the-dark ??? (1)

DanTheStone (1212500) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377636)

Really? I think of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

who's safe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377224)

the end result is that it will only be okay to have unprotected sex with people who glow?

please stop calling it "glowing" (4, Informative)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377254)

It's fluorescing. Yes, technically that is a "glow" but glow is a lot more general term. All fluorescing items glow, but not all glowing items fluoresce. Most people that read "glow" will expect to turn out the lights and see a green cat without needing to shine an invisible special lighting on it.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (4, Funny)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377310)

If I had a cat like this I'd install the blacklights in my light fixtures and keep the normal lights off all the time.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377468)

If I had a cat like this I'd install the blacklights in my light fixtures and keep the normal lights off all the time.

Or at least install some little strip blacklights under all the cabinet and cupboard kicks to keep the floor areas lit. I must admit having a green glowing cat would be a novel thing. I assume this is a genetic trait and I bet you could get big bucks for glowing kittens.

I didn't see any mention of side-effects or other health issues in the article - you've got to wonder if there are any side-effects created such as blindness etc?

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (1)

Nerdos (1960936) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377798)

I didn't RTFA, but I assume this is just a GFP hybridization. Basically you attach a gene that makes a green fluorescent protein to another gene, so that the protein product has a little extra bit that sticks out and produces green light when uv is shined on it. this enables, for example, to see where a particular protein trends to concentrate. It's a technique that had been used successfully in many organisms without any obvious effects.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378824)

always makes me wonder if they can see in the UV now (i.e. does enough UV get focussed on their retinas to give enough GFP signal to capture as a green image?

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (1)

slack_justyb (862874) | more than 3 years ago | (#37383274)

It's a technique that had been used successfully in many organisms without any obvious effects.

Other than the 96% mortality rate for the procedure. Seriously, the process is incredibly far from a point of "no obvious effects."

Also if you RTFA you will see that they have a slightly modified method which yields only a 77% mortality rate.

Finally those that do go on to live have variations at the molecular level that still are poorly understood and side effects from those variations even less so. So let's not go simplifying this whole process by saying, "oh, ho hum just another insertion of genes into a cell." This whole process is about a trillion miles from normal. This trial was setup to see if they could insert genetic material that could prevent FIV. At least one live birth was hoped for and the fact that the yield was eleven live births is epic good news. With those that live the main goal of the trail can be conducted to see what happens when the kittens are given FIV and to see if they go on to develop AIDS. That being said a lot of people are going to be interested in the process with such a high yield, however I do want to point out, the high yield was a nice surprise not the condition that they were testing for in this trial.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377874)

Exactly what I was thinking. Especially if the glow is also inside their eye sockets. And one of the evolutionary genetic traits in cats is that they can see well in the dark, so this can't possibly be beneficial to them.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (2)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378322)

Based on the pictures included in the article, it does not appear to affect their eye proteins, only the keratin in their fur.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (2)

adisakp (705706) | more than 3 years ago | (#37379428)

If I had a cat like this I'd install the blacklights in my light fixtures and keep the normal lights off all the time.

If you have a cat and install blacklights, you might not like what you see. Cat urine glows. And you'd be surprised where cats get their urine. Sometimes they spray carpet and furniture, sometimes your bed or sheets, floorboards, all around the litter box etc. Seriously, taking a blacklight into a cat-owners home is usually not a pretty revelation.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37380326)

The same thing can be said for homes that have had dogs in them, or where babies have been raised, or where the very aged lived.

Basically, unless the home was just freshly built and had DINKs living there (and no mice/pests/animals, ever), it probably has pee outside the bathroom.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377528)

Spoilsport

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378248)

If you want to get technical, get technical. It's not "invisible" light you're shining on it. The maximum excitation wavelength for eGFP (which I assume they're using) is 488 nm, visible light is 390 to 750. You'd need to shine a blue light on them and be using filters to block the blue light from your eyes.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (3, Interesting)

Macman408 (1308925) | more than 3 years ago | (#37379192)

And in the same strain of disappointing mainstream science reporting, basically everything I've read on this seems to focus on the "we made cats glow green" part, rather than the more serious part of the research, which is to protect against AIDS. The gene to make the cat's fur fluoresce green is just a marker so that they know which cats will also have the gene that could protect against AIDS, and can then run experiments to see if that gene works as they hope. That article seems to be better than average, in that it largely focuses on the AIDS part, and keeps the "omg glowing cats" restrained to the headline and a few spots in the body.

I'm just waiting for the article about the research dog that harbors a cure for cancer, but more importantly, it can skateboard!

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (1)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 3 years ago | (#37379954)

Nice. But hey this is even better. You can use the 'fluorescence virus' separately. When is it coming up for sale? Next time you see a cow glowing in the night, it wasn't me. Probably.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 3 years ago | (#37380476)

And in the same strain of disappointing mainstream science reporting, basically everything I've read on this seems to focus on the "we made cats glow green" part, rather than the more serious part of the research, which is to protect against AIDS.

Weird, because the first 3 articles I read off of Google News were entirely focused on the AIDS part, mentioning the glowing part only in the headline, and then in passing towards the end of the articles where they said they fluorescent gene was used to track where the modified genes were being expressed.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#37383670)

I don't fuck nasty whores or do IV drugs. I DO own a cat. Therefore, glowing cats are more relevant to my interests than AIDS cures.

Re:please stop calling it "glowing" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37379404)

Am I the only one that can see a Nyan cat application here?

Commercial application (4, Informative)

ProfMobius (1313701) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377432)

Why are those people always making those cool GM pets and never sell them ?
I want a glowing cat ! Just sell them already, I'm sure there is a market for that !

Re:Commercial application (4, Interesting)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377786)

Because everyone panics like little pussies or imposes their little misinformed values on entire populations. They have those glowing tropical fish, and California promptly banned them. One of the state commissioners, Sam Schuchat, an emotional twit, even came out publicly and said it want *not* science but a question of values- *his* values. *He* thought was wrong and spouted a pile of new age religious crap as justification.

Re:Commercial application (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37382512)

Well at least they aren't also applying those same unscientific 'values' to things that really matter & could save millions of lives, like Golden Rice. /sarcasm

Re:Commercial application (1)

jockeys (753885) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378004)

Glofish http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glofish [wikipedia.org] have been for sale for a number of years. I have a tank full and they glow nicely under a blacklight or a very actinic (12000K) light.

Re:Commercial application (1)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378298)

In the vein of custom pets, the Belyaev experiment [wikipedia.org] funds itself by selling the foxes-turned-dogs as pets.

Hilarious! =D (2)

LongearedBat (1665481) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377446)

Seriously? Green glowing cats due to virus infection in a lab?!? Talk about comic book joke sci-fi... only for real. Totally awsome! Funnier than sharks with frikkin' lazer beams.

When I was a kid I lamented the boring age I was born into. I woz wrong. Can't wait to see what the next few decades will bring. Or should we be afraid, very afraid?

(I wonder how my cat would react if he met a glowing cat in the front yard at night.)

Re:Hilarious! =D (2)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378186)

(I wonder how my cat would react if he met a glowing cat in the front yard at night.)

Depends on how it smells. Cats may be sight based for prey, but they're very scent based when dealing with each other.

Re:Hilarious! =D (1)

wondershit (1231886) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378762)

A little while ago we had something similar: fluorescent dogs [slashdot.org] . The interesting thing with the dogs is that you can turn the effect on and off depending on what drugs you mix into their food...

Re:Hilarious! =D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37381280)

Or should we be afraid, very afraid?

You just wait. Stealth tentacle cats are just around the corner.

Muaaaaahahahaha...

--klode

Reminds me of an Asimov short story... (1)

dingo_kinznerhook (1544443) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377452)

Green Patches (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Patches), where cats on the spacecraft are born with green patches over their eyes, and it turns out to be an alien organism which has taken control of all life on the planet.

No dumbass. The bugs! (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377460)

Everyone knows a glowing puss should be avoided, aids be damned. Wouldn't it be more useful to make bugs glow instead of the creatures that eat them? Glowing mosquitos. That is all I'm asking for.

Re:No dumbass. The bugs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377814)

I'd prefer dead and extinct mosquitoes, but well, we can not have everything.

New funding source (1)

burnit999 (1845596) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377498)

They should consider selling these kittens. Glowing kittens would command a high price and there is definitely a market out there for unusual and cute pets. Sell these little guys and reinvest the money into more research. People already give large charitable donations, this would help encourage more people to give. "Give to a good cause and get a kick ass glowing kitten :3"

I only have one problem with this... (1)

idbeholda (2405958) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377504)

Nowhere in the article did they mention where I could obtain one of these glowing kittens.

Re:I only have one problem with this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377964)

Apparently, you need to get yourself some cat eggs. The local market should have them when they're in season. Trick is to get em early while they're still glowing.

great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37377834)

Another species that will be fucked with and abused at the hands of "researchers". What they don't tell you is, at what point are they planning on dissecting these kittens?

Re:great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378124)

What they don't tell you is, at what point are they planning on dissecting these kittens?

Shortly before they die.

Re:great... (2)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#37379148)

I dissected a cat in high school biology.

Circle of life, bro; deal with it.

Bad news for kittens... (1)

Gavin Scott (15916) | more than 3 years ago | (#37377998)

From TFA:

The method's efficiency is only half the story, however. When the researchers tried to infect blood cells from the genetically modified kittens with FIV, the virus didn't replicate well. Poeschla and colleagues next plan to test whether the cats are resistant to FIV, or, if not, whether they are less likely to develop feline AIDS after infection.

"I think cats will become easier to utilize as a model organism now that you can manipulate the genome," VandeWoude says. "They're not going to replace mice, but it gives another tool to scientists."

G.

Re:Bad news for kittens... (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 3 years ago | (#37380888)

No, this is GOOD NEWS. FIV is the number one reason many cats in shelters are put to death - it was conflated with HIV and since it is transmissible through bites, FIV positive cats are often considered "un-adoptable" and killed, since they have an unknowable lifespan. If these little guys are resistant to FIV because of this protein, it might mean additional promising avenues of research for this disease - and eventually a cure.

Didn't they do this with a dog a few months back? (1)

AJH16 (940784) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378114)

How is this the first carnivore they did this with? Is this old news? I read about this with a dog several months ago.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/27/us-korea-dog-idUSTRE76Q1MK20110727 [reuters.com]

Re:Didn't they do this with a dog a few months bac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378244)

Dogs aren't really carnivores. They are more omniovres. The cat is a true carnivore.

Re:Didn't they do this with a dog a few months bac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378576)

Dogs are omnivores.
"If a dog won't eat it, it's not food."

Felons? (2)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378126)

Imagine using this on violent felons before relasing them back into society.

Is your closet emitting a green glow? Call 911. Someone stalking you from the bushes, it's a lot more obvious, especially if it alse affects their little swimmers. Someone thrown into the river with the concrete overshoe treatement, easy to find the next night. Someone robs you, a discription that includes "green glow" would eliminate a lot of suspects.

Re:Felons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378172)

No need for genetic engineering if you just want to pull that trick off. Just tattoo them with fluorescent ink. It wouldn't fluoresce under normal circumstances anyway, though... you'd have to use a blacklight to check them, so it wouldn't be as useful as you make it sound.

Finally a cat I can take to a rave party! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378232)

Now if I can just keep them from running away from all the bass...

Re:Finally a cat I can take to a rave party! (2)

Hartree (191324) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378512)

"Now if I can just keep them from running away from all the bass..."

I've seen a lynx that pulled the person holding his leash into the rave dance with him, and was having quite a time investigating all the weird stuff going on in there.

His name was Cody, and he was an educational animal for Animals for Awareness. They'd take him to schools in the Chicago area so the kids could see him. Incredibly cool critter. Very personable (a lot of lynxes are a bit skittish).

You mean.. (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378242)

They're not *supposed* to do that.

New AIDS test? (1)

TheFakeMcCoy (1485631) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378452)

I'll just turn off this here light and let's see if you glow or not. And seriously why is it that they are making everything glow in these tests, how about making a cat that can talk, or breathe underwater but no there must have been a heck of a sale on the genes that make stuff glow and some scientist is stuck in lab thinking what are we going to do with it all

Re:New AIDS test? (1)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 3 years ago | (#37379524)

I'll just turn off this here light and let's see if you glow or not.

Vanilla Ice unavailable for comment...

Nocturnal Kitty Collision Early Warning System (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378520)

For those of us who have had to swerve to avoid hitting a cat at night, this might help spare a few from being turned into road pizza.

Makes not to self... (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#37378628)

Makes not to self... Never have unprotected sex with a glowing cat.

Re:Makes not to self... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37382362)

ITYM Only have unprotected sex with a glowing cat.
Glowing = (more?) immune to FIV. Not infected with FIV.

Who has this job? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378692)

The viruses, known as lentiviruses, are different enough that cats can't catch HIV and people can't get FIV, but most of their basic biochemistry is the same.

So... who gets paid to try to infect felines with HIV? It'd be hard to have sex with 'em, so did they just share needles until they figured out it'd never happen?

I see the sociopaths are out in force... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37378872)

... not one of you seems to give two hoots about the cats and kittens involved in this fraudulent 'research'. I don't suppose they mind living in a cage for their entire lives, after all, ALL human beings are apparently worth more than ALL animals, even child rapists, murderers, etc.
They're ALL apparently 'better' than innocent animals who would never hurt anybody.

Any of you care to explain why?

Secondly, HIV is not the cause of AIDS. Try reading the book 'Science Sold Out'. The 'HIV is the cause of AIDS' fraud is the most recent and clearest example of the massive fraud that is going on in modern 'science', of career conmen following the grant money.

Millions of animals are tortured every year in the name of so-called 'research', but that 'research' never saves any human lives. Where is the cure for cancer? Any idea when that's going to come out? A hundred years? A million years?

Re:I see the sociopaths are out in force... (1)

FAB10 (767615) | more than 3 years ago | (#37384072)

I definitely agree with you.

What about 2007? (1)

elistan (578864) | more than 3 years ago | (#37379098)

"the first time this method has worked in a carnivore"? Eh? Here's a report of glowing cats from 2007: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9833107-1.html [cnet.com]

Hard to tell what the veracity of the South Korean report is, though, and what sort of technique they used. So maybe "this method" really is new?

Re:What about 2007? (2)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | more than 3 years ago | (#37379616)

That was done via SCNT [wikipedia.org] (aka cloning). This was done by using a virus to inject the modified gene into an egg cell, and the success rate is around an order of magnitude higher than it is for SCNT, but it's the first time it's been successfully done with a carnivore.

Yes, I rtfa:

the only proven way of getting a new gene into a cat, somatic cell nuclear transfer, is tricky ... The strategy works in only a fraction of cases. In cats it's been used to create glowing kittens with no other traits, just proof that it can be made to work.

Poeschla and his colleagues turned to a different method—using a virus to carry genes into an egg cell—that had worked in animals including mice and cows but never been successful in a carnivore. ... The 23% success rate is much higher than the typical 3% seen with somatic cell nuclear transfer

In other words (1)

assertation (1255714) | more than 3 years ago | (#37379762)

Experts say the advance could make the cat a valuable new genetic modelâ"and potentially protect it from an HIV-like virus. "

In other words, they are going to expose animals just like your pet to HIV and then vivisect them.

fake picture (1)

bolthole (122186) | more than 3 years ago | (#37380478)

The picture of the kitty looks fake. Looks more like under-lit glow lamp, rather than internal glow. (ie: how exactly are its CLAWS glowing? I think not...)

Re:fake picture (2)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 3 years ago | (#37380920)

Uh... it's a fluorescent glow, not an internal glow. The fluorescent protein is bound to keratin, the protein that makes up a cat's fur and claws. These are more accurately described as "blacklight reactive kitties."

Saw a glowing cat once. (1)

boddhisatva (774894) | more than 3 years ago | (#37381420)

At a party back in the 70's. John Lennon was there. He saw it too.

Platypus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37381954)

by infecting their eggs

Am I the only one puzzled by this? Never mind the glow, where did they get an egg laying cat?

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