At the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, or ACRES, in New Orleans, scientists are conducting some of the most advanced genetics work with cats in the world mostly to protect endangered cats through in vitro fertilization, cryopreservation, interspecies cloning, and other methods.

In 2008, ACRES created the first fluorescent cat dubbed “Mr Green Genes,” which glowed green under ultraviolet light, demonstrating how a genetic “marker” such as fluorescence could be used to indicate the presence of genes for diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, which could then be targeted for gene therapy.

ACRES has also cloned cats in an effort to preserve the different feline species that are losing habitat due to human encroachment. If you want to know more about how scientists at ACRES are trying to protect cats, you can read more here.

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