And green pigs might fly...




 
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And green pigs might fly...
 
January 12th, 2006  
SwordFish_13
 
 

Topic: And green pigs might fly...


And green pigs might fly...
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Source:AFP




TAIPEI (AFP) - Scientists in Taiwan have successfully bred three pigs which glow fluorescent green in the dark, marking a potential breakthrough for stem cell research.

The team from Taiwan, where the world's first genetically engineered fluorescent fish were created in 2003, injected a protein extracted from jelly fish into the nucleus of cells in a pig embryo to breed three male transgenic pigs, said Professor Wu Shinn-Chih, of National Taiwan University's Institute and Department of Animal Science and Technology.

It was hoped that the pigs would eventually enable reserachers to trace the development of tissues when stem cells are used to repair damaged organs, Wu said.


"Yes, this is really important. It should be helpful in the acceleration of clinical research of human stem cells as it is generally believed that physically pigs are among the animals which are most similar to human beings," he told AFP.


"I'm not sure if there are fluorescent green pigs elsewhere in the world, but so far, in the photos available in the field, I have never seen such pigs, whose whole bodies can glow green in the dark," Wu said.

"I was shocked when I saw the animals (glowing) the first time."
Wu dismissed concerns that the technology could endanger the ecosystem.

"There is no need to worry about that because, unlike fish, the confined green pigs have no way to crossbreed with wild species and produce 'Frankenpigs'," he said.


Conservationist groups warned of potential serious consequences to the eco-system after Taiwan's Taikong Corp in 2003 became the world's first company to sell transgenic fluorescent fish, which was listed as one of the "coolest inventions" that year by Time magazine.




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January 12th, 2006  
Italian Guy
 
 
A bit weird but sounds interesting. I mean for science.
January 12th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
Sweet, now I can fulfill my dream of cooking bacon in the dark!
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And green pigs might fly...
January 12th, 2006  
5.56X45mm
 
 

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Originally Posted by bulldogg
Sweet, now I can fulfill my dream of cooking bacon in the dark!
Don't forget Pork Chops!
January 12th, 2006  
Missileer
 
 
Man, I can just see those beautiful chops glowing on the grill now. And that's before lighting the fire.
This puts a whole new meaning to "Green Eggs and Ham."
January 14th, 2006  
sunb!
 
 
Broken lightsticks have the same effect, mr fluorescent green pigs man.
January 15th, 2006  
5.56X45mm
 
 
Yeah but broken glow sticks add a nasty taste.
January 17th, 2006  
AJChenMPH
 
 
Reminds me of what I asked when I heard that bird flu had crossed over to pigs about a year or so ago:

"Does that mean pigs can fly?"