Mayo Clinic researchers think they might be on the road to finding an AIDS vaccine by injecting monkey genes into cat genomes. The plan is to treat cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV — the HIV for cats) and then use what they learn to treat HIV in humans.
Treating cancer is difficult because there's no easy way for a treatment to differentiate between healthy cells and cancerous cells. Somehow, you need to know if a cell is cancerous, then treat it, or else don't touch it. It would be great if we could program cells themselves with that logic, and as it turns out, we can.
Chickens have a deep, dark secret locked away in their genes: they used to be dinosaurs. Researchers at Harvard University have figured out how to access these genes to send chickens back to to the Cretaceous era, giving them reptilian snouts like alligators.
With one of those conventional glowing dogs that you can find at PetCo or outside of your local nuclear power plant, the incessant light can become an issue when you're trying to watch a movie or something. South Korean scientists have put an end to this widespread and serious problem by giving their latest glowing dog an off switch.
After several millennia of eating them, it seems like animals just aren't good enough for us anymore. First it was cows getting tweaked to produce human milk, and now, there's a war on gelatin that might end with tasty snacks like Jell-O getting their ingredients from human gelatin instead. Mmmmm, human Jell-O.
Bees have been having some trouble lately: they're all dying off, and nobody's really sure why. This is a big deal, a really big deal, and up in Canada, they're breeding genetically enhanced super bees to try to fix everything. Nothing like this ever goes horribly wrong in the movies, so it must be a good idea.
What happens when you introduce human genes into cows? Why, you get cow-people who cows that can produce the nutritional equivalent of human breast milk of course. Yum?
Today, the world comes to an end. Well, in theaters, anyway. 2012 has us thinking about the apocalypse 'round these parts (so uplifting, we know), and that led us to wondering about all the crazy technology that's all around us...