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Thursday, January 2, 2014
Scientists Make Piglets Glow Under a Black Light
Scientists say they've created ten genetically engineered piglets this year that glow green under a black light.
The pigs' embryos were injected with a molecule from bioluminescent jellyfish that carries instructions to make green fluorescent protein, or GFP. This technique allows researchers to attach harmless glow-in-the-dark tags to specific proteins in animals. The scientists who discovered and developed GFP earned a Nobel Prize in 2008, and researchers have previously created glowing bunnies, frogs and even glow-in-the-dark cats in the name of science.