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South Korea Cloned Dogs
South Korea Cloned Dogs

(Larrie : if any of you had watched ” The Big Bang theory ” , this glowing dogs would reminds you of the Glowing fishes that Sheldon grew. LOL)

The four dogs, all named “Ruppy” _ a combination of the words “ruby” and “puppy” _ look like typical beagles by daylight. But they glow red under ultraviolet light, and the dogs’ nails and abdomens, which have thin skins, look red even to the naked eye.

Seoul National University professor Lee Byeong-chun, head of the research team, called them the world’s first transgenic dogs carrying fluorescent genes, an achievement that goes beyond just the glowing novelty.

“What’s significant in this work is not the dogs expressing red colors but that we planted genes into them,” Lee told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

His team identified the dogs as clones of a cell donor through DNA tests and earlier this month introduced the achievement in a paper on the Web site of the journal “Genesis.”

Scientists in the U.S., Japan and in Europe previously have cloned fluorescent mice and pigs, but this would be the first time dogs with modified genes have been cloned successfully, Lee said.

He said his team took skin cells from a beagle, inserted fluorescent genes into them and put them into eggs before implanted them into the womb of a surrogate mother, a local mixed breed.

Six female beagles were born in December 2007 through a cloning with a gene that produces a red fluorescent protein that make them glow, he said. Two died, but the four others survived.

The glowing dogs show that it is possible to successfully insert genes with a specific trait, which could lead to implanting other, non-fluorescent genes that could help treat specific diseases, Lee said.

The scientist said his team has started to implant human disease-related genes in the course of dog cloning, saying that will help them find new treatments for genetic diseases such as Parkinson’s. He refused to provide further details, saying the research was still under way.

A South Korean scientist who created glowing cats in 2007 based on a similar cloning technique said that Lee’s puppies are genuine clones, saying he had seen them and had read about them in the journal.

“We can appraise this is a step forward” toward finding cures for human diseases, said veterinary professor Kong Il-keun at South Korea’s Gyeongsang National University. “What is important now is on what specific diseases (Lee’s team) will focus on.”

Lee was a key aide to disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk, whose breakthroughs on stem cell research were found to have been made using faked data. Independent tests, however, later proved the team’s dog cloning was genuine.



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Way Back Into Love Lyrics 歌词

I've been living with a shadow overhead
I've been sleeping with a cloud above my bed
I've been lonely for so long
Trapped in the past, I just can't seem to move on
I've been hiding all my hopes and dreams away
Just in case I ever need them again someday
I've been setting aside time
To clear a little space in the corners of my mind
All I wanna do is find a way back into love
I can't make it through without a way back into love
I've been watching but the stars refuse to shine
I've been searching but I just don't see the signs
I know that it's out there
There's gotta be something for my soul somewhere
I've been looking for someone to shed some light
Not somebody just to get me through the night
I could use some direction
And I'm open to your suggestions
All I wanna do is find a way back into love
I can't make it through without a way back into love
And if I open my heart again
I guess I'm hoping you'll be there for me in the end
There are moments when I don't know if it's real
Or if anybody feels the way I feel
I need inspiration
Not just another negotiation
All I wanna do is find a way back into love
I can't make it through without a way back into love
And if I open my heart to you
I'm hoping you'll show me what to do
And if you help me to start again
You know that I'll be there for you in the end

LOL , this song just suddenly catch me.

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I apologize for the broken links earlier, here they are, proper. Chose to narrow down the wallpapers to 2 sets of 3 colours : RGB~ =D Too lazy to edit the old post lol. Opinions?

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Neko no Sara

You know, back in the day, a shop dealing in secondhand wares is a difficult business to run. If an opportunity does come up however, he usually makes a lot of money. But such opportunities don’t come by that often. Such is life. Therefore a dealer usually goes off into the countryside to find rare objects. For instance, if the dealer sees some valuable ceramic vase at some old farmer’s house, and it just so happens to be that the farmer doesn’t know the true value of the vase, the dealer would buy it off the farmer at a much much lower price.

This story is about a secondhand shop dealer such as the one I just described. He went far into the countryside dressed up as an ordinary traveler. It was during the Edo period, right before Meiji, the mid-19th century. So he wore a kimono, and put on some waraji (sandals made out of straw). He’s been walking around a lot and hasn’t had a good find in a long time. He was tired and pretty pissed off from all the walking. Apparently he thought it was too early for the sun to be setting. When he unconsciously turned his head to face the sun, he saw a rustic old tea stall shining gloriously, the sun’s rays glaring from behind. There were two benches side by side. Tartan checkered mats were laid and bucket shaped ash trays were placed on them. He then realized that an old man was blowing air into fire very hard with a bamboo pipe behind him.

Dealer : Hey gramps..
Old Man : Ah, please have a seat. I will prepare some tea for you.
Dealer : Thank you. May I rest here? I am exhausted, but once I find a hotel, I will be fine. It’s nice around here isn’t it? Peaceful and quiet. The scenery here is great too. Look, the stream looks so beautiful! I feel like I will get two or three years younger.
Old Man : Yes, well, please have a cup of tea.

The old man then brought a cup on a tray from behind the stall. There was a pot for rice crackers and a lot of boxes for cheap sweets were placed side by side next to it. By the stall, a cat was eating food from a small dish. When the dealer looked closer at the dish, he realized quickly that it was a valuable dish from Korea. Now, the pot would not be sold easily, even with a price tag with over 300 ryo. Ryo was the currency in the Edo era, and 1 ryo would easily equal to 10,000 yen present day. (About USD100, if I recall correctly or RM380 roughly) So you understand the value of this plate now, don’t you? So the dealer started thinking to himself.

Dealer : Wow, what a great find! He must have no idea how it really costs, feeding the cat with it like that! Great!
Old Man : Ummm- sir? Would you like another cup of tea?
Dealer : Oh yes, I would. You have a good cat! Kitty, kitty, kitty! Ah it’s coming, it’s coming. Good good, come here. Come, hahaha, it’s pretty cute isn’t it?
Old Man : Ah, sir, Ahhnn, it’s not a good idea to play with the cat like that.
Dealer : Don’t worry, I’m a cat person. Cats are cute creatures. Look, it’s purring on my lap, hahaha.
Old Man : Hey, you shouldn’t dirty our guest’s clothes like that! Come on, get down!
Dealer : It’s alright, look, it’s pretty comfortable for this guy here. This cat is pretty tame and friendly, isn’t it?
Old Man : Hmm, you look like you like cats, and the cat knows it. It knows you like it.
Dealer : Yes, I use to have a cat. But it went away and disappeared. My wife always says to me “If you go somewhere and find a nice cat bring it back.” but I think kittens are too small and would run away or die easily. But I think cats this size and age are pretty good. So what do you think, can you give this cat to me?
Old Man : What?
Dealer : Come now, don’t give me that strange look. I know, how about I pay you for this cat? How about three koban? (a type of coin, koban = 1 ryo, ooban = 10 ryo, basically he’s willing to pay 30, 000 yen for the cat)

Dealer : You don’t mind do you? You seem to have more out at the back.
Old Man : I know you are right, but I lost my wife a long time ago and these cats are all I have to keep me company. This cat especially has been quite attached to me. So…
Dealer : Yes, but please, just one? I don’t have a kid you see..
Old Man : But 3 ryos are too much mister!
Dealer : I can’t have no as an aswer, just take them please. It’s not that much..
Old man : Haha, is that so? Then thank you very much, I will humbly accept your offer.
Dealer : Take a look gramps, it fell asleep on my lap. It’s very cute. Once I get to the hotel I will give it good food. Ah, have you fed your cat with this plate?
Old Man : Yes, in fact I have.
Dealer : Well, you know they say a cat won’t eat from a new plate, so I will take this plate and feed it with it, okay? This plate?
Old Man : Ah no, here’s another one, please take this one instead.
Dealer : It’s alright, you don’t care if I take this dirty one right?
Old Man : Well..you see, I can’t give you that plate.
Dealer : Why not? Why would you care about this filthy dish?
Old Man : You say it’s filthy, but I think you don’t realize it. This is a valuable ceramic vase from Korea. It’s limited edition stuff. I have become such a poor person, but I cannot part with this vase. It costs more than 300 ryo you know.

Of course, you see, now the dealer is naturally taken aback by this.

Dealer : Hmmm, is that so. It’s worth that much money? But why did you feed the cats with such an expensive plate? I’m interested.
Old man : You see sir, it is both interesting and funny. When I feed a cat with this plate, sometimes a cat is sold for 3 ryo.

-The End-


Well, a short story that originates from the Rakugo classics Neko no Sara, or a Cat’s Dish. Well, as to what Rakugo is, look it up yourself. =D It’s wiki-able. Ang should know what it is, but more on that on a later entry. I -though- it was pretty smart/funny, but not sure about you guys. Leave some opinions? Hahahah, this is my version of it, I re-wrote an existing but broken translation of the original Japanese script, so yeah. Hope it isn’t too bad.

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yeaa just finished my 2nd term in focus informatics and now a problem wif ITB =.= 


Those guys in the admin never gave us a notic regarding the test! wth! i mean how are we suppose to know we got test or not? I mean the website is so ancient that there are hardly any people checking it =.= well, there are 3 tests in all. Numeracy, Literacy and Computer Literacy test. Luckily my fren gave me info on the test otherwise i’ll just miss and and never get the chance at ITB =.=” dat is just… arghh

the test was at 3.30pm and i started from bandar at 2.30pm, my route is from bandar –> sengkurong (drop sis off at mom’s office) –> ITB (from jerudong road) well, took 1 hr to reach ITB and after i parked my car, i went into the building. the campus is kinda like MD. MD’s design is kinda like a diagonal ‘8’ while ITB’s building is like a digital ‘8’ (i think) lols so yeaa deres a lotta ppl dere =.= 

the test is kinda easy actually but if u dun pay attention to class in form 1 to form 5 computer class den u’ll be in trouble =.= haha i was thinking like ‘literacy test, should be how to USE a computer guaa’ u know.. the easy easy stuff.. haha who would have guessed.. it came out 50 MCQ’s some of the questions are easy maths while others require thinking.


some examples:

Http is:

– hypertext transfer protocol?

– hypertext transport protocol?

– (forgot the other 2 options xP but i think its these 2 nia guaa)


If a<b is false, which one is always true:

– a >= b?

– a > b?

– a <= b?

– a < b?


oh wells im hoping dat i can get in >.<” im gonna be 1 and a half year behind already since my course is HND and not degree >.<” sighh~

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What’s this?

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the longest how you say it…-word- in the english dictionary. I’m not sure if you can even call it a -word- because that depends on how you define it. It’s a coined together chemical name for the world’s largest protein, -Titin- , not to be confused with TinTin. Here are links, knock yourself out. Now -this- is pronouncable, albeit with much more effort. How’s that Emerson!??? =O

Here’s the original summed up word.


Here’s the link to the word’s expanded form. In order to save space, why not you all just go check it out yourselves. =D


It’s a hundred..wait for it…eighty nine…wait for it…thousand…*deep breath*…wait for it…eight hundred…wait for it..nineteen letters altogether. =D

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