Genetically modified cats could illuminate FIV, AIDS research

09/13/2011 |

Researchers have successfully inserted monkey genes that resist Feline Immunodeficiency Virus into cats. Since FIV, a cat-specific immunosuppressive virus, is similar to AIDS, researchers hope to learn whether the inserted genes protect the cats from infection, which could have far-reaching implications on FIV and AIDS research. The genes were tagged with a green fluorescence to document successful insertion.

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