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WHAT IF... Dogs and Cats could talk?
I'm not a scientist, but I have had furry family members for decades now, and I am convinced that dogs and cats understand a lot of verbal language. But I can't help wondering on occasion what our world would be like if Dogs and Cats could talk back.
Or just talk. Imagine being a cat burglar and being arrested and charged and convicted based on the testimony of your pet Dog.
I've seen (on YouTube) videos of both cats and dogs which appear to be using English words, albeit clothed in yips, meows and woofs. Some of them are quite amazing.
Imagine your home with a cat and dog who not only chase each other around the house sometimes, but do so while throwing verbal barbs back and forth while doing so...
"Spot, you fool, you shall never catch me, and if you did, I'd make you sorry," snarled Bob the Cat as he climbed the sofa, all too unaware that Spot the Dog had already launched himself off the floor in a spectacular leap until Spot, moments before contact barked back, "GOTCHA!"I've read of genetically modified animals like cloned, glow-in-the-dark cats
How about genetically modified Seahorses?
South Korean scientists say they have cloned cats whose genes have been altered so that they glow in the dark - taking advantage of a technological twist that could someday be used to make more dramatic genetic changes in all sorts of creatures.
A research team at Gyeongsang National University, headed by Kong Il-Keun, produced several kitty clones in January and February, the government-managed Korea.net news service reported Wednesday. This week the scientists showed off the cats, which now weigh about 7 pounds (3 to 3.5 kilograms) and glow a dull red under ultraviolet light.
So perhaps the technology to upgrade our furry family members so that they can do more than bark or meow is not too far off. The upside? True companionship complete with conversation. The downside? You can't get your friends, your kids or your significant other to just shut up and be quiet when you want them to, imagine if your cat or dog yammered on endless about their boring day in the house waiting for you to come home, day after day after....
Forget about gold-encrusted phones, bacon sprinkled with gold, or gold-plated cars: if you really have the cash to throw around, you can now buy yourself a glittery gold seahorse. These creatures are created by Vietnamese scientists and are the first ever genetically modified animal from Vietnam. Gold dust was mixed with jellyfish proteins, then inserted into seahorse’s eggs by using the “gene shooting method,” which has incredible potential uses. With more research and trials, gene shooting can potentially treat incurable human diseases, like diabetes, by replacing problematic DNA in the patient’s body.
On second thought, I'll take the glow in the dark cat, it might save me on night lights and still leave me in blessed silence when I'm trying to catch up on my favorite tv series.
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