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Glowing Rabbits Born in Turkey

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Adam Roy

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We already had glowing dogs, pigs, mice, and cats. Now, genetic engineering’s latest coup is a litter of glowing bunnies.

The rabbits, which were born in Turkey through a collaboration between researchers from the University of Hawaii, the University of Istanbul, and Mamara University, glow in the presence of ultraviolet light due to a jellyfish gene inserted into their DNA when they were embryos.

“These rabbits are like a light bulb glowing, like an LED light all over their body,” said researcher Dr. Stefan Moisyadi. “And on top of it, their fur is beginning to grow and the greenness is shining right through their fur. It’s so intense.”

Scientists hope that the glowing animals could eventually pave the way to create lab creatures that could produce enzymes and other medically valuable substance more easily and cheaply than they could be produced in a factory.

Via The Atlantic

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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