If you’re planning your next midnight truffle hunt, or an all-day breakfast buffet rave, then you’re in luck this week as scientists were able to isolate a fluorescent protein in jellyfish DNA and inject it into pig embryos! FINALLY! Here I was, waiting for them to cure cancer, and instead we have glow-in-the-dark piglets.
But in all seriousness, researchers do have good reason for their studies and say:
“The technique is being developed to help create medicines and therapies for patients in a more cost-effective manner. Eventually, genetically engineered animals might be used to produce beneficial enzymes for such maladies as hemophilia. “[W]e can make those enzymes a lot cheaper in animals rather than a factory that will cost millions of dollars to build,”
The piglets are expected to live full lives (unless they get turned into glow-in the dark bacon, which could also be pretty rad — sorry, but you have to admit).
[via the verge]