- Scientists have created a genetically modified female beagle that glows fluorescent green when under ultraviolet light.
- The process to create the beagle, "Tegon," allows the glow to be turned on and off by command.
- Researchers hope such animals will help scientists track the course of disease via fluorescence.
A genetically modified female beagle named Tegon glows bright fluorescent green under ultraviolet light, according to a paper published in the journal Genesis.
In the scientific record books, Tegon joins a red fluorescent puppy named Ruppy and Mr. Green Genes the cat as all being human-modified animals that can glow.
ByeongChun Lee, a co-author of the Genesis paper, told Discovery News, "The entire body of the dog glows. One can witness a slightly yellower change in the color of the dog's skin, but to the naked eye, fluorescence cannot be seen without the presence of UV light and goggles."
Lee is director of the Seoul National University Hospital for Animals in Korea and a professor in the Department of Theriogenology and Biotechnology.