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A cloned Turkish Angola kitten, left, gives off a red fluorescence glow while an ordinary one appears to be green in this picture taken under ultraviolet light at a laboratory of Gyeongsang National University in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, Wednesday. The cloned cat’s genes were modified with a fluorescent protein. / Yonhap


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Dec. 12th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
that's so fake.

faker then that asshat who make the glowing bunny
Dec. 12th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
reading the posts on slashdot. . .

The green one is NOT glowing and it even says it's an ordinary cat that's simply reflecting the green light. I'd say RTFA but is likely a purposefully done misguiding picture for which the article writers should be kicked for.

The red one seems to be the real deal as it only glows where it's fur doesn't block the skin. Granted it glows rather weakly but that may be simply because it's fur is not white (or doesn't appear to be) so it doesn't reflect the glow as much as say white mice would.


The red cat is either a rather good photoshoping, or the real deal. If the cat were being lit by an external source, the fur would reflect the light. But the fur appears to be blocking the light.

My best guess for the picture though is that they used a UV/Low Light amplification filter. Then they pointed a UV light at the cats, and stuck some kind of obstruction between the light and the left cat. Thus the right cat and the tips of the left cat's ears appear green, while the left cat and the left side of the right cat's body appear black (save for the UV florescence off the left cat).

The fact that it was shot with a Low Light filter, and further compressed via JPG, means that there is a lot of noise and artifacting in the picture. That much distortion could easily mask modifications. So I would say it's either the real deal, or a fake done by someone with a lot of time and experience in producing quality fakes.


it could be a hoax, but if not, it'd be cool as all hell. . .
Dec. 13th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
OH MY GAWD! That's cool!
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Dec. 12th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
not likely, as the gene for expressing the flourescence comes from jellyfish. And they'v been doing this with mice and rats for years.
Dec. 13th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Not a hoax. I just downloaded the article.


(PDF, warning)

Our lab was the first GFP in rats, btw; and this is RFP (red fluorescent protein) in cats. Neat.

By the way...you can't see the glow unless you have both UV and a filter (to filter out the purple of the UV bulb)

Neat stuff. A good kitty for RED ROBOT
Dec. 13th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
I know, I feel exactly the same way. . .
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