Want: Glow-In-The-Dark AIDS-Proof Cats

We like kittens, and glow-in-the-dark things, and also things that fight AIDS, so the fact that science (!) has managed to create a cat that is all of those things at once just warms our hearts. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, genetically engineered the glow-in-the-dark cats by modifying cat cells with those from expressed antiviral proteins taken from rhesus monkeys, which have been known to block HIV and feline AIDS. Preliminary results found that the genes did in fact provide protection against the virus. What’s more, the genetic protection — and the cool glow-in-the-dark side effect — was passable from mother cat to kitten. So, researchers are hoping that they’ll be able to help prevent feline AIDS in kitties, and can use some of that research to figure out ways to combat AIDS in humans, too. So, yup, science is way cool. [Live Science]

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