Black-light dog engineered by South Korean researchers

Tegon the Beagle isn’t just friendly; he’s got a certain aura about him — literally. A team from Seoul’s National University cloned the unsuspecting pooch with with a certain alteration in his gene sequence, causing him to glow bright green under ultraviolet light (when administered a certain antibiotic).

Their idea? To develop new methods for identifying specific genes, including –– hopefully –– those involved with inherited diseases. If they can cause specific genes to glow under certain conditions, future researchers may be able to target and develop more specific treatments in the future, according to team leader Lee Byeong-Chun. The project cost? About $3 million US.

Tegon was cloned with similar technology to that responsible for Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, who “arrived” in 2005.

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