The Washington Times - April 29, 2009, 06:29AM

Scientists in South Korea have cloned four beagles that glow red under ultraviolet light, the AP is reporting.

The four female beagles received fluorescent genes in the cloning process, and scientists say the achievement could lead to advances in medicine.

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“What’s significant in this work is not the dogs expressing red colors, but that we planted genes into them,” the lead scientist said.

Um, OK?  Is anybody else worried that one of the these scientists is named Frankenstein?

Excuse me, Mr. Science Man, but why did you make the beagles glow red?  “To see if we could.  Now we’re going to see if we can clone a cat that breathes fire.”

The cloned puppies have exhibited other odd attributes besides glowing red in ultraviolet light.  They multiplied when water was splashed on them.  And when they ate after midnight, they encased themselves in cocoons.  The scientists are waiting to see what emerges.