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Glow in the dark pigs

January 12th, 2006 . by Matt

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Here is a story about glow in the dark pigs created in a Taiwanese lab through genetic engineering.

Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark.

They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.

The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo.

The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island’s stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease.

The researchers, from National Taiwan University’s Department of Animal Science and Technology, say that although the pigs glow, they are otherwise no different from any others.

Taiwan is not claiming a world first. Others have bred partially fluorescent pigs before. But the researchers insist the three pigs they have produced are better.

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In daylight, their eyes and skin are green-tinged

They are the only ones that are green from the inside out. Even their heart and internal organs are green, they say.

To create them, DNA from jellyfish was added to about 265 pig embryos which were implanted in eight different pigs.

That is pretty interesting. The scientists hope to breed the pigs with normal pigs.

The researchers say they hope the new, green pigs will mate with ordinary female pigs to create a new generation – much greater numbers of transgenic pigs for use in research.

I am no animal behaviorist, but wont these transgenic pigs be outcasts? Surely the other pigs will be able to tell the difference.

I wonder how long it will be before these kinds of technologies will be applied to humans, and what this will mean for us.


9 Responses to “Glow in the dark pigs”

  1. comment number 1 by: kenji808

    Thats pretty interesting. I’m just wondering how they’re going to use the genetically engineered pigs to help with human disease. I thought the whole issue of someday finding cures for the incurable right now was cloning and all that business. Whatever…

  2. comment number 2 by: dokdodevil

    Now if we could replace all the standard kangaroos with fluorescent ones, that would make country travel in Australia much safer at night.

  3. comment number 3 by: Richardson

    So it’s now ‘green ham & eggs’? This changes everything.

  4. comment number 4 by: eli

    “I am no animal behaviorist, but wont these transgenic pigs be outcasts? Surely the other pigs will be able to tell the difference.”

    I’ll just go out on a limb here and posit that pigs aren’t too picky.

  5. comment number 5 by: BananaBoi

    Breeding green pigs is an abomination to God’s creation. How will coloured pigs help with finding a cure to cancer?

  6. comment number 6 by: Chewbacca

    At least we know have green ham to go with our green eggs……
    Long live DR Seuss!!!

  7. comment number 7 by: darintenb

    I’m just wondering how they’re going to use the genetically engineered pigs to help with human disease.

    There is a theory that humans evolved from pigs, not monkeys.
    http://www.weeklyworldnews.com/features/science/61471
    If that’s true, then developments in genetic research on pigs could be applied to humans. And even if it’s not true, there are similarities between humans and pigs, or all mammals for that matter. For the same reason studies done on lab mice are beneficial to humans, studies done on pigs are too.

    Breeding green pigs is an abomination to God’s creation

    Why do Christians have a strong tendency to force their religious beliefs on other people? I never understood that. There’s just as much proof that there is a god as their is proof their isn’t: none.

  8. comment number 8 by: darintenb

    Actually, I want to retract and rephrase my statement above.

    Why do Christians have a strong tendency to force their religious beliefs on other people?

    That makes it sound like I think a majority of Christians are forcing their beliefs on others. What I want to say is, why is it that the people that are forcing their beliefs on others are almost always Christian. You never hear about a Buddhist trying to make you convert. Never had a Muslim come to my door and try and come in my home or at least make me take literature.

  9. comment number 9 by: BananaBoi

    Darintenb,

    I merely expressed my views on what I think about those green pigs, at NO TIME did I force my beliefs onto anyone reading this thread or any other thread.