Glow In The Dark Cat Helps Scientists
11/08/2008 AT 12:00 AM EST
The experimentation has no affect on Mr. Green Genes' health – in fact, by day, he's just like any other normal cat – but is a step in determining if gene therapy will be a plausible way to fight diseases, such as incurable hereditary diseases like Cystic Fibrosis. Scientists used a cat for testing, because felines contain a genetic makeup similar to that of humans.
The next step for Mr. Green Genes? Seeing if the fluorescence gene can be transmitted from one cat to another through breeding. After that, he'll get to retire – at the ripe old age of 1-year-old.