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The scientists inserted one gene into the cats that helps them resist the feline form of Aids. They also inserted a gene that produces a fluorescent protein called GFP, Nature Methods journal reports. This protein - which is produced naturally in jellyfish - is commonly used in this area of research to monitor the activity of altered genes.
Originally posted by jazzguy
feline form of aids? lol ......now i've heard everything. surely they dont expect us to swallow this crap
Originally posted by occrest
Is this going to be the new trend in pets?
This protein - which is produced naturally in jellyfish - is commonly used in this area of research to monitor the activity of altered genes. "We did it to mark cells easily just by looking under the microscope or shining a light on the animal," said Dr Eric Poeschla, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, US.
So far, Dr Poeschla's team has only tested cells taken from the animals and found they were resistant to FIV. But eventually they plan to expose the cats to the virus and see if they are protected.