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Glow in the dark pigs set the stage for more genetic alterations

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Scientists from South China Agricultural University in Guangdong Province created a litter of 10 transgenic glow-in-the-dark pigs using a genetic alteration technique developed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Medicine .

Similar to the technique used by a Turkish team which created glow-in-the-dark rabbits earlier this year, the Chinese scientists injected the pig embryos with fluorescent jellyfish DNA. The study will be published soon in the Biology of Reproduction Journal.

Scientists in Uruguay also created a flock of glowing sheep earlier this year, and other glow-in-the-dark animals including monkeys, puppies and kittens have been created since the 1980s. Glowing animals have been developed in laboratories since the 1980s, and these glowing piglets are just the latest advancement of the technique.

What scientists hope to accomplish with these DNA transplants goes beyond dimply making glow-in-the-dark animals. Researchers hope to introduce new genetic material from one species to another that might help cure genetic problems and have a positive effect on skin, health and beauty.

Scientists hope to develop new medicines to treat genetic diseases that are more efficient and less expensive than the ones which are currently available. They note it is easier and less expensive to create some enzymes in animals compared to making them in factories that will cost millions of dollars to build.

However, many in the scientific and secular community are concerned about the myriad directions so experiments might take humanity as well as possible health and eco-issues should any of the mutated creations get loose from laboratories.

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