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Scientists create glow-in-the-dark rabbits


Posted on Saturday, 17 August, 2013 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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In a peculiar experiment, a science team has produced a colony of rabbits that glow green in low light.

The research produced a colony of eight rabbits of which two glow a distinct fluorescent green color. The unusual feature was achieved by injecting a fluorescent protein taken from jellyfish DNA in to the embryos as part of an experiment to introduce beneficial genes in to animals. The research is ultimately aimed at finding new ways to treat life-threatening illnesses in humans.

"[For] patients who suffer from hemophilia and they need the blood clotting enzymes in their blood, we can make those enzymes a lot cheaper in animals with barrier reactives rather than a factory that will cost billions of dollars to build," said biogenesis researcher Dr. Stefan Moisyadi.

"Dr Moisyadi said the animals are not affected by the fluorescent protein and will have the same life span as other rabbits."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 17 August, 2013, 16:39
Well, I guess if this is somehow being done to further an understanding that can benefit humans with disease, I'm all for it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lava_Lady on 17 August, 2013, 21:49
Seems so unnecessary and pointless. Just kind of mean.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Lesionia on 18 August, 2013, 1:40
rotfl My relative: "Hey honey, I cant sleep. Why Not? Because you're glowing the dark!" dog to cat: If I shook you up like a glow stick will you glow? Cat: No Dog shakes up cat Cat: I do glow! Dog: Bahahaha!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lesionia on 18 August, 2013, 1:42
In other words: How is this actually helping humans? (or animals for that matter?)
Comment icon #15 Posted by Sakari on 18 August, 2013, 1:50
Need a black light on them to make them glow.......Not exactly " glow in the dark ".
Comment icon #16 Posted by Odin11 on 18 August, 2013, 6:32
Seems so unnecessary and pointless. Just kind of mean. Why is it mean? Itís not hurting the rabbits; the animals are not affected by the fluorescent protein and will have the same life span as other rabbits. In other words: How is this actually helping humans? (or animals for that matter?) They chose the fluorescent protein as a marker to show that a gene that was not originally in the animal now exists in the animal. The glowing is just an easy, and safe, way to do so. Like a comment in the link said: "Itís a step forward in genetic engineering. If we stopped at every step that didn't seem us... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by grc on 18 August, 2013, 13:23
Well, I guess if this is somehow being done to further an understanding that can benefit humans with disease, I'm all for it. Yeah, just don't hold your breath, first would be some military gas that gets developed to expose the enemy, then it's the population's turn if ever...
Comment icon #18 Posted by thewild on 19 August, 2013, 22:32
because glow in the dark bunnies are needed in the world. That's why.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Capt Amerika on 22 August, 2013, 18:43
Makes them easier to shoot at night. Worthless little garden munchers
Comment icon #20 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 23 August, 2013, 6:06
Why is it mean? Itís not hurting the rabbits; the animals are not affected by the fluorescent protein and will have the same life span as other rabbits. They chose the fluorescent protein as a marker to show that a gene that was not originally in the animal now exists in the animal. The glowing is just an easy, and safe, way to do so. Like a comment in the link said: "Itís a step forward in genetic engineering. If we stopped at every step that didn't seem useful on its own, we'd probably never have gotten penicillin". Like we need more genetic engineering or animal testing. Do it to death row ... [More]


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