South Korean scientists have created four glow-in-the-dark beagles using cloning techniques that they say could help them develop cures for human diseases. All the puppies are named Ruppy, short for Ruby Puppy.

I’m not ever sure what to say about this one…

Although these are the first transgenic dogs, transgenic cats, monkeys, mice and rats have been created but scientists hope that the longer lifespan of dog as well as the fact that it was a much more complicated procedure to create them, will lead to impressive results.

“This means we’ll be able to switch genes in dogs for genes related to human diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease for research,” Professor Lee Byeong-Chun who leads the Seoul National University said, adding that dogs suffer from 224 illnesses that also afflict humans.

Some scientists applaud while others are not so supportive.

So, what do you think; mad scientists? Medical experimentation gone awry? Legitimate science?

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