Glowing dog may hold key to Alzheimers cure

first_imgScientists in South Korea have managed to create a dog that can be made to glow flourescent green under ulta-violet light. Even better, the glow can be turned on and off based on what the dog is fed.This isn’t just a new “feature” someone has thought up to help sell puppies, it is in fact a step towards helping cure some of the major diseases humans suffer including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.AdChoices广告The experimental dog is a female beagle named Tegon. She was created using the same technology used for Snuppy, the first cloned dog born in 2005. What scientists realized is that because dogs share a number of the same illnesses as humans (268 in total) they can be used to help develop treatments and possible cures for them. It also helps that they manage to clear and metabolize drugs at nearly the same rate as humans.So how does a glowing dog help? In order to make the dog glow it was modified to carry a specific gene using a somatic cell nuclear transfer. That gene allows the glowing to occur. Then, by feeding the dog a doxycycline antibiotic it can trigger the glowing. The gene used can be replaced with others that are known to cause the diseases we currently don’t know how to cure or need better treatments for. By doing this we can better understand and work to solve, or at least manage the disease by experimenting with other antibiotics in a dog.Work will continue at the Seoul National University by lead researcher Byeong-Chun Lee, professor in the Dept. of Veterinary Medicine. Eventually, Tegon may be held up as the canine that helped lead to cures for some of the most horrible diseases we as humans currently have to suffer with.More at the Wiley Online Library, via Reuters and Yonhap News Agencylast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0