Bright & Beautiful Bioluminescence

Bright & Beautiful Bioluminescence

bi·o·lu·mi·nes·cence Noun /ˌbīōˌlo͞oməˈnesəns/
1. The biochemical emission of light by living organisms.

An experimental pig that still has a green tinge in the daytime. He glows at night.

An experimental pig that still has a green tinge in the daytime. He glows at night.

A new red fluorescent protein—derived from a brilliant red sea anemone  purchased in a Moscow pet shop—can reveal body tissues more vividly than  other fluorescent proteins in use today. The Russian researchers who  developed the new protein said it can render cancers and other target  tissues easily visible in living animals, making them glow like  Christmas bulbs.
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A new red fluorescent protein—derived from a brilliant red sea anemone purchased in a Moscow pet shop—can reveal body tissues more vividly than other fluorescent proteins in use today. The Russian researchers who developed the new protein said it can render cancers and other target tissues easily visible in living animals, making them glow like Christmas bulbs.

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Meet Mr Green Genes, the latest addition to the glowing animal menagerie.
Mr Green Genes is the first fluorescent cat created in the United  States. Under normal circumstances the feline appears orange, but under  UV light, his eyes, gums and tongue glow lime green—the outcome of a  genetic experiment done at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered  Species.
Researchers made Mr Green Genes glow green so they could learn  whether they could make a transgenic cat, Betsy Dresser, the center’s  director, told Newhouse News Service. The gene, inserted into to the cloned kitty’s DNA earlier this year, has no consequence for the feline’s health.
In fact, this green gene and its discovery grabbed the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for three lucky scientists earlier this month.
“We wanted to know for sure that we could insert this gene into a cell and have it multiply,” Dresser told the MSNBC TODAY show’s Amy Robach. No glow, means a no go for the genes. But, because  Mr Green Genes glows, the scientists know they nailed the insertion  technique, a success that brings them one step closer to being able to  insert healthy genes into humans and take the diseased ones out, Dresser  noted.
And while the cat’s legacy may transform the medical world in a few  years, Mr Green Genes could also leave his mark among his fellow felines  in the coming months. “We’ll breed him and we’ll see if his kids glow,  too,” Dresser said.

Meet Mr Green Genes, the latest addition to the glowing animal menagerie.

Mr Green Genes is the first fluorescent cat created in the United States. Under normal circumstances the feline appears orange, but under UV light, his eyes, gums and tongue glow lime green—the outcome of a genetic experiment done at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species.

Researchers made Mr Green Genes glow green so they could learn whether they could make a transgenic cat, Betsy Dresser, the center’s director, told Newhouse News Service. The gene, inserted into to the cloned kitty’s DNA earlier this year, has no consequence for the feline’s health.

In fact, this green gene and its discovery grabbed the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for three lucky scientists earlier this month.

“We wanted to know for sure that we could insert this gene into a cell and have it multiply,” Dresser told the MSNBC TODAY show’s Amy Robach. No glow, means a no go for the genes. But, because Mr Green Genes glows, the scientists know they nailed the insertion technique, a success that brings them one step closer to being able to insert healthy genes into humans and take the diseased ones out, Dresser noted.

And while the cat’s legacy may transform the medical world in a few years, Mr Green Genes could also leave his mark among his fellow felines in the coming months. “We’ll breed him and we’ll see if his kids glow, too,” Dresser said.