Ruppy The Glowing Red Puppy

 

Ruppy The Adorable Beagle Puppy

Ruppy The Adorable Beagle Puppy

Scientists in South Korea have cloned a beagle which they have named Ruppy. What makes Ruppy world news? Well Ruppy happens to be the first transgenic dog. Ruppy and her four fellow beagles all exhibit fluorescent genes, particularly a red fluorescence that glows under a UV light. This gene is usually only present in sea anemones, mind you. You read correctly, this poor dog and her “littermates” all glow red under ultraviolet light.

First of all, I’m the first to say that I dislike cloning in general, but to clone a dog to make the poor puppy glow red? Then to parade her around the media like she is some tool of the trade? Wait, that is what they see her as unfortunately.

You didn't know dogs were SUPPOSED to glow? Catch up!

You didn't know dogs were SUPPOSED to glow? Catch up!

Why is this poor dog glowing red for all the world to see? Well, this is my favorite part. The scientists in South Korea stated: “I think these dogs will be a very useful model for our research. The next step for us is to generate a true disease model.” Wonderful! Hooray! Now dogs can not only be cloned but be destined for a life of a plethora of human diseases. I tell ya, what could be better?

“The long lifespan of dogs and their reproductive cycle could make them more relevant to human fertility than mice.” Oh golly gee. This is excellent news. Now those women who insist on being impregnated even though their bodies clearly do not believe they should be (what does nature know?) can potentially become pregnant more easily because of poor glowing puppies. Well, if I do say so myself it is well worth it to increase the world’s population (its not like we don’t have too many people already or anything) AND torture dogs that were brought into this world just for that purpose. Win-win!

The only glimmer of hope for future clones like Ruppy is the fact that many in the field believe the methods are too “laborious, expensive and slow” and that it is too expensive to care for “laboratory-reared dogs” to become common procedure. Unfortunately, this knowledge has not spared Ruppy or her pals from what I can only imagine will be a life of pain (mental, emotional and physical).

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8 Comments

  1. Christal M. said,

    April 26, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Humans are sick beings. Humans once believed it’s ok to experiment on humans – and still do in poor countries by “giving free treatments” which have killed many.

    Stupid humans should put all the effort of making glow-in-the-dark dogs into making an animal-free model to test – if humans can send a man to the moon, we can surely accomplish this feat. I guess animals are cheaper and nobody will protest their use.

    I’m ashamed to be human these days.

  2. Greg Tuve said,

    May 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    You’re such a whack job. Why would a puppy either care or notice if the skin under its fur was flourscent red? Under normal light, the dog looks perfectly normal–even if it didn’t, the puppy would not be suffering “mental pain” “physical pain” or “emotional pain.” A puppy with a slightly red belly and paws would be no different from a human with prominent tattoos. I can see how he might have trouble getting a job in a tanning salon where ultraviolet light bulbs are common. Are you afraid the puppy is going to be teased on the playground? Are you thinking clearly?

    • Sara said,

      May 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm

      First of all Greg, as any animal rights activist will attest to, it’s not the fact that the puppy will care or notice that it glows red under UV. The issue lies with the use of these animals for such experimentation, the commodification of another living being. That’s the AR issue, not the red color itself. Using a dog as a transgenic model is academically, scientifically, and economically (and IMO morally) irresponsible if the goal is to advance medicine and study disease in a reasonable time-frame. This study just exemplifies the fact that, while some things are worth studying for the sake of basic research, some avenues are simply superfluous. Case in point, and it gives basic scientists a bad name in the AR community.

      The fact that you claim there is no pain – physical or otherwise – tells me you know nothing about the science behind transgenic animals. And why should you, not everyone is a geneticist, physiologist, or biologist of any kind – and clearly not you. The use of transgenics has not been shown to be free of unintended effects. They used a ubiquitous promoter to drive the expression of the fluorescent gene everywhere, and there’s no proof that the transgene itself doesn’t create disruptions in the DNA leading to possible defects within various systems including the nervous system..which is, oh right..in charge of pain – mental, physical, and emotional. And you are wrong when you correlate the transgene to a human with prominent tattoos..the tattoo isn’t inserted into the DNA of the person. Transgenic technology is a powerful tool (which is utilized frequently in cell culture so it doesn’t always have to be in animal models), but it isn’t a perfect science. And there’s no telling the unexpected long-term damage that can be done within the body upon inserting foreign DNA into the genetics of another animal. Would you like to step up and volunteer yourself for a little transgenic experimentation?

    • Greg Tuve said,

      August 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

      Okay, those were good arguments but you’ll need better evidence to persuade me that the puppy is in pain of any kind. It looks quite relaxed in the picture. If it needs a home, I’ll adopt it. If animal experimentation can be done without causing animals pain, I have no problems with it. You don’t suspend valuable programs just because they might cause an animal slight discomfort. Forcing rabits to smoke cigarettes is unconsciounable but an apparently harmless genetic modification is fine until there is evididence of an issue.

      • Nikki said,

        September 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm

        With that logic you should be volunteering for experiments left and right as long as it doesn’t cause you pain. Oh and you’ll probably volunteer for some DNA alteration too, right? Humans shouldn’t be put on a pedestal declaring something is okay for other animals but not the human species. If something like this occurred to humans there would be outrage.

  3. March 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

    omg i didnt know dogs glow when there new born …………..how do i check if my dogs puppies glow there only 1 week old?

    • veganverve said,

      May 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

      Karen,

      Puppies do not glow naturally, this poor dog was genetically altered in order to glow!

  4. Jaquie S said,

    March 24, 2010 at 9:22 am

    scientis should expieremenet on them selves so that they know how the puppy feels when they experriment on it thats just cruelty …… just because the puppy glow does not mean you could experiement with them…..POOR PUPPIES ……. PEOPLE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOUR SELFS


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