Sunday, January 15, 2006

Taiwan Creates Glow-in-the-Dark Pigs Just for Kicks

Brian

When you're doing your lunar new year shopping, what do you buy the Taiwanese scientist who has everything? How about a pig that glows because of implanted jellyfish genes?
The scientists, 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.

They are the only ones that are green from the inside out. Even their heart and internal organs are green, the researchers say.
Link (submitted by Mars) (emphasis added). We at the Good Reverend think this is a great idea. How many times have you been late because you misplaced your pig spleen? Now it will be easy to spot. As for the gift idea, you might be better off waiting until 2007.

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Image credits: "What a boar," AP photo courtesy the Age, borrowed for news-reporting and comment purposes.

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