Glow-in-the-dark baby Monkey makes me want to cry…
Researchers at Columbia University have been experimenting on monkeys with GFP or, Green Fluorescent Protein. The GFP makes it possible to track the interactions of different genes and proteins. In the case of the glowing monkey (above), the GFP is being used to identify the mutant form of the huntingin protein (a protein found in every cell in your body). When the protein mutates, it causes Huntington’s Disease.
The research is currently being debunked by the animal rights group, In Defense of Animals as well other organizations that believe that animal research is unnecessary, cruel, and often inconclusive. It’s truly a gut wrenching call when you consider that research focused on finding cures for Cancer, Diabetes and AIDS includes animal experimentation.
The bottom line here is that the poor, unethical and inhumane treatment of laboratory animals must become punishable by law if it’s going to stop. Unessential animal testing in the name of lipstick and mascara must also be eliminated within the cosmetics industry. Do you think that eyeshadow makes you look pretty? Meh, not so much.
If a glowing monkey can find a cure for my best friends Cancer, so be it.