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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Scientists Create Creepy Glow-in-the-Dark Piglets

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click to enlarge Glow-in-the-dark bacon: the next big thing?
  • Glow-in-the-dark bacon: the next big thing?

In the most unsettling food science news since the laboratory-created hamburger, Chinese scientists have created piglets that glow in the dark. Just like that Ghostbusters t-shirt you had in third grade! Seriously -- scientists in Guangdong Province in Southern China injected piglets with jellyfish DNA that makes them glow green under a blacklight, in an experiment designed to see how viable it is to move cells between animals.

So, it's good news for people with hemophilia and other diseases that could eventually benefit from the medical research. But though scientists claim that the processes causes no harm to the animals, it's still a super-creepy thing to do to a piglet. The pigs, however, are not nearly as disturbing as the glow-in-the-dark rabbits that Turkish scientists created last year:

Glowing Green Rabbits from UHMed on Vimeo.

Coming up next from the Turkish lab: Glowing sheep. (Really.) In a decade, will all the Edison bulbs in restaurants be replaced by blacklights? [via Gizmag / @hughmerwin]
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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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