Bunnies that glow in the dark? Strange, yes, but quite true

By admin
02 September 2013

Scientists at the Universities of Hawaii and Istanbul have collaborated to breed the first rabbits that glow in the dark.

The glowing effect was created by implanting a certain jellyfish protein in the embryos of a doe (female rabbit) and putting them back in her uterus.

Two of the eight kits (baby rabbits) in the litter were initially soft, white and fluffy but then started glowing a bright green in the dark, an indication that a new technique of genetic manipulation had worked on the rabbits. The experiments are part of an attempt to develop new treatments for life-threatening diseases.

The scientists expect these unique rabbits to have the same lifespan as their siblings. Similar experiments have also resulted in glow-in-the-dark cockroaches and rats. Scientists are now awaiting the birth of the first lamb that glows in the dark in November.

-Shané Barnard

Sources: theguardian.com, YouTube.com

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