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Chinese researchers develop glow-in-the- dark pigs

Chinese scientist create glow in the dark pigs
Chinese scientist create glow in the dark pigs
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Even with all the jokes and fairy tales about pigs, there isn't one about glow-in-the-dark pigs. Recently, Chinese scientists at the South China Agricultural University, genetically created 10 pigs that have a green hue when dark. The ability was found after mixing jellyfish DNA with the pigs' DNA to create the brilliant glow appearance, called active transgensis.

"It's just a marker to show that we can take a gene that was not originally present in the animal and now exists in it," said Dr. Stefan Moisyadi of the University of Hawaii Institute for Biogensis Research.

Originally, Chinese scientists, removed 25 embryos of pregnant female pigs and injected them each with the jellyfish DNA. 10 were born with the glowing ability, showing some were immune.

The voluminous pork hosts look normal during the day but a radiate green at night. But, the Chinese are not the only ones that have developed the rare looking creatures. Turkish scientist developed a sheep that glows-in-the-dark under black light, after practicing the test with bunnies.

The reason for proving such scientific methods is to help find medicine that will be loss costly and more efficient for people suffering from blood conditions or infidelity.

Rest assured, the glow-in-the-dark pigs live a normal life with a normal life span. It does not alter the pig's behavior or characteristics. Maybe one day all meat will be glow-in-the-dark, making that late night snack easier to find in the dark kitchen.