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Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs
BBC ^ | January 12, 2005 | Chris Hogg

Posted on 01/12/2006 6:39:00 AM PST by NYer

Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark.

They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.

The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo.

The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island's stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease.

The researchers, from National Taiwan University's Department of Animal Science and Technology, say that although the pigs glow, they are otherwise no different from any others.

Taiwan is not claiming a world first. Others have bred partially fluorescent pigs before. But the researchers insist the three pigs they have produced are better.

They are the only ones that are green from the inside out. Even their heart and internal organs are green, they say.

To create them, DNA from jellyfish was added to about 265 pig embryos which were implanted in eight different pigs.

Four of the pigs became pregnant and three male piglets were born three months ago.

Green generation

In daylight the researchers say the pigs' eyes, teeth and trotters look green. Their skin has a greenish tinge.

In the dark, shine a blue light on them and they glow torch-light bright.

The scientists will use the transgenic pigs to study human disease. Because the pig's genetic material is green, it is easy to spot.

So if, for instance, some of its stem cells are injected into another animal, scientists can track how they develop without the need for a biopsy or invasive test.

But creating them has not been easy. Many of the altered embryos failed to develop.

The researchers say they hope the new, green pigs will mate with ordinary female pigs to create a new generation - much greater numbers of transgenic pigs for use in research.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: china; fluorescent; jellyfish; pigs; taiwan; transgenic; weirdscience

1 posted on 01/12/2006 6:39:02 AM PST by NYer
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To: NYer

I wonder what purpose this serves.....


2 posted on 01/12/2006 6:40:18 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

Lends new meaning to "Green eggs and ham".

3 posted on 01/12/2006 6:40:34 AM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: NYer
Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs
BBC ^ | January 12, 2005 | Chris Hogg

Rather a props name for this article.

4 posted on 01/12/2006 6:42:53 AM PST by Carolina
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To: NYer

Suppose this has any connection to the green Golden Retriever?


5 posted on 01/12/2006 6:43:52 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer

Just for grins, let's breed up a large herd and stampede them through the streets of Fallujah!


6 posted on 01/12/2006 6:44:42 AM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: NYer

7 posted on 01/12/2006 6:48:39 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: NYer

that's not Kosher.


8 posted on 01/12/2006 6:49:42 AM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: NYer

That's just weird. One of them is going to escape and breed with a normal pig and before you know it we'll all be eating green bacon. Makes me love my turkey bacon even more!


9 posted on 01/12/2006 6:50:24 AM PST by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: NYer

Green eggs and green ham. Ewwwwww.


10 posted on 01/12/2006 6:51:55 AM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: NYer

Imagine the terror these animals would instill in mecca right now...


11 posted on 01/12/2006 6:58:39 AM PST by bayouranger
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To: NYer

Man, going places God did not intend.


12 posted on 01/12/2006 7:03:13 AM PST by One Proud Dad
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To: Enterprise
Here's one in daylight.


13 posted on 01/12/2006 7:04:05 AM PST by Carolina
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To: Carolina

That's dreadful! (but funny)


14 posted on 01/12/2006 7:06:45 AM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Enterprise
The researchers say they hope the new, green pigs will mate with ordinary female pigs to create a new generation - much greater numbers of transgenic pigs for use in research.
While images of a porcine Hulk float in my head.
15 posted on 01/12/2006 7:13:09 AM PST by Carolina
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To: Ol' Sox
Air drop them on Taliban positions.

Ghost Porkers from the Sky.

16 posted on 01/12/2006 7:17:44 AM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt)
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To: NYer

Q: What did the flourescent pig say?

A: GREENK!


17 posted on 01/12/2006 7:25:05 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Carolina
Maybe this:

Plus this:

Gets you:


18 posted on 01/12/2006 7:38:52 AM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Enterprise

Hahahahahahaha!


19 posted on 01/12/2006 8:01:41 AM PST by Carolina
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To: pissant

Pissy!

Been chewing on those glow sticks again ;)


20 posted on 01/12/2006 8:03:05 AM PST by najida (Armadillos dug 2 dozen holes in my yard last night-- in an attempt to break my ankles this morning.)
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To: NYer

Maybe they're just the offspring of Kermit and Miss Piggy.


21 posted on 01/12/2006 8:20:08 AM PST by Nea Wood (A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children. Proverbs 13:22)
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To: bayouranger

LOL! There may be a purpose for them after all!


22 posted on 01/12/2006 8:38:33 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: NYer
Who was the joker who assigned this story to Chris Hogg?

Anyway, these "scientists" are frauds. An American company beat them to the green pigs by a wide margin:


23 posted on 01/12/2006 10:21:34 AM PST by Rastus
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To: NYer

Good for St. Patricks Day in Mecca


24 posted on 01/12/2006 10:40:03 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: NYer

Future report from Taiwan:

"Hwang-Hwong Wing has admitted to smearing pigs with glow-in-the-dark paint rather than breeding them. He brings great dishonor to his ancestors and to the bad name of Taiwanese biological research."

We need to to this to humans ASAP! We could have night football without lights. Red versus green.


25 posted on 01/12/2006 11:19:29 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: NYer

This seems weird and wrong on so many levels.

But, I MIGHT be "prejudiced".



PORKCHOPS 4 Mahound


26 posted on 01/12/2006 12:02:27 PM PST by porkchops 4 mahound ("Si vis pacem, para bellum", If you wish peace, prepare for war.)
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To: TheBigB
Green Eggs and Ham ping.


27 posted on 01/12/2006 1:15:24 PM PST by Serb5150 (Mir Boziji Hristos se Rodi!)
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To: Carolina

LOL, good observation....

this should go to Jay Leno's Headlines


28 posted on 01/12/2006 2:00:02 PM PST by Coleus (IMHO, The IVF procedure is immoral & kills many embryos/children and should be outlawed)
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To: Ol' Sox

There you go. Glow in the dark pigs should scare the c**p out of terrorists. lol!


29 posted on 01/12/2006 2:31:30 PM PST by tob2 (Old Fossil and Proud of It!)
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To: Carolina

The green pig does not look healthy enough to eat. I've got it! It's a ploy by PETA to discourage people from eating pork. lol!


30 posted on 01/12/2006 2:35:40 PM PST by tob2 (Old Fossil and Proud of It!)
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To: PatrickHenry

Glowing green pig ping


31 posted on 01/12/2006 6:01:23 PM PST by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: RadioAstronomer
Thanks. Please ping me to all updates of this important topic.
32 posted on 01/12/2006 6:07:21 PM PST by PatrickHenry (Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.)
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To: PatrickHenry

UPDATE!!!

(Just testing)


33 posted on 01/12/2006 7:06:04 PM PST by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: NYer
They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.

A superior glowing green pig.

34 posted on 01/12/2006 11:48:14 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: NYer
...green-glowing...

To create them, DNA from jellyfish was added

Mint jellyfish?

35 posted on 01/12/2006 11:52:03 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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