#1 Posted by umbrafeline (5300 posts) - - Show Bio

What do you get when you cross a jellyfish with a bunny rabbit? Glow in the dark bunnies.

No, seriously. That's not a joke. It's not even science fiction. Scientists at the University of Hawaii have collaborated with a team of Turkish researchers to breed a litter of neon rabbits. By injecting luminescent proteins from a jellyfish into rabbit embryos, they produced two bunnies that hop, twitch their noses and radiate a bright green under florescent light.

These are not the first glowing bunnies in existence. Alba, the original "light hare" was conceived back in 2000 by a French artist and scientist as an art installation. Rabbits aren't even the only species that have been genetically engineered glow in the dark. Scientists have created pigs, sheep, monkeys, puppies and kittens that light up like mammalian lightening bugs under black lights. And you can readily purchase transgenic fish in six brilliant colors under the brand name GloFish.

Nor is the bunnies' glow just for show. It is intended to serve as a sort of guiding light to trace genetic transfers. If the animal glows, scientists know that a transfer of genes has been successful. Stefan Moisyadi, the lead researcher on the project, says he hopes the bright bunnies and a herd of shining sheep that will be born in his lab later this year will one day lead to cheaper medicines and cures for diseases like hemophilia, Alzheimer's and HIV.

Glowing animals can also help track pollutants as they travel through the body. Bio-luminescent Zebra Fish bred to light up in places where chemical pollutants are present in their cells are already being used to help assess the health impact of environmental pollution.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/scientists-breed-rabbits-eary-glow-161753729.html

#2 Posted by JediXMan (30976 posts) - - Show Bio

Didn't they make glow in the dark rats a few years ago? I suppose this is the next step. Waiting on those glow in the dark people...

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#3 Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26 (6503 posts) - - Show Bio

Right, why spend money on curing diseases or helping people when you can make ANIMALS GLOW!!!!

#4 Edited by TotalBalance (742 posts) - - Show Bio

Right, why spend money on curing diseases or helping people when you can make ANIMALS GLOW!!!!

Someone didn't read the OP or the article:

"It is intended to serve as a sort of guiding light to trace genetic transfers. If the animal glows, scientists know that a transfer of genes has been successful."

"one day lead to cheaper medicines and cures for diseases like hemophilia, Alzheimer's and HIV."

"Glowing animals can also help track pollutants as they travel through the body."

They aren't just making them glow for show.

#5 Edited by King Saturn (224455 posts) - - Show Bio

Those would be Fun to have... Could you imagine if their Sh!t Glows in the Dark too ?

#6 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (6360 posts) - - Show Bio

Wha........?

#7 Posted by Aiden Cross (15575 posts) - - Show Bio

Science never ceases to amaze me :)

#8 Edited by Samimista (20833 posts) - - Show Bio

Bunnies! =D

#9 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (18414 posts) - - Show Bio

Ha wow.

#10 Posted by Yokergeist (12355 posts) - - Show Bio

Glow in the dark bunnies? What's next, flying pigs?

#11 Posted by Dabee (2399 posts) - - Show Bio

Where and how much for one?

#12 Posted by consolemaster001 (5838 posts) - - Show Bio

Right, why spend money on curing diseases or helping people when you can make ANIMALS GLOW!!!!

lol

#13 Posted by Nefarious (21308 posts) - - Show Bio

Nothing new.

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