Fluorescent Cats Aid Research

Posted on September 14th, 2011 by

Cats come in all sorts of colors—tabby, orange, and calico—but scientists are most interested in the fluorescent variety. Eric Poeschla, a molecular virologist at the Mayo Clinic, used a technique called transgenesis to bestow kittens with a heightened immune system as well as an unearthly green glow, which allows researchers to track the expression of genes of interest.

The Scientist, by Rachel Nuwer, 9/14/11

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