Thursday, January 10, 2008

Piglets Inherit Fluorescent Gene of Parent

Glowing tobacco plants, cats, and now we have fluorescent pigs! Chinese scientists have altered the genes of a pig to make it glow when exposed under ultraviolet light. Now, the pig has given birth to glowing piglets. What is the significance of all this? It simply means that pigs can now be turned into factories for human organ replacement. The glowing color seems to be a favorite marker to determine inheritance since it is so easy to see.

More on the glowing pigs in i-Mash. Click here for a photo of the original fluorescent hogs.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Bioengineered Cats that Glow in the Dark Cloned

We all know that cats eyes glow in the dark like beacons when they reflect light. But, have you ever heard of cats that glow in the dark? Yes, cats have been genetically engineered and cloned by scientists in South Korea to glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet light. If you've ever experimented with those rock collections that glow in different colors under blacklight, then you have an idea of what these cats look like when exposed to the same electromagnetic wavelengths. The Science and Technology Ministry claims that these cats may help to develop cures to genetic diseases.

Click here for a video of the glow-in-the-dark-cats.

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