Feeds

Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent

Something's not quite kosher

High performance access to file storage

Chinese scientists have created a pair of glow-in-the-dark pigs which shine with an eery green luminous light.

Dr Zhenfang Wu and Dr Zicong Li of the South China Agricultural University injected the porkers' embryos with jellyfish DNA, so they shone when exposed to UVA light.

The addition of luminous genetic material does not harm the pigs, although they run the risk of looking a bit silly.

It is hoped that the technique could one day be used to inject useful DNA into human embryos and mitigate the effects of congenital diseases like haemophilia.

Dr Stefan Moisyadi, a bioscientist at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Biogenesis Research, said: "Patients who suffer from haemophilia and need the blood-clotting enzymes in their blood, we can make those enzymes a lot cheaper in animals rather than a factory that will cost millions of dollars to build."

This is not the first time luminous pigs have been unleashed upon the world. According to a story by Chris Hogg (sic) on the Beeb, Taiwanese scientists were the first to make pigs glow.

A number of animals have also previously been blessed with the gift of luminosity, including sheep, kittens and, erm, pocket "supermodel" monkeys. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday
Weather looking good for second pop at test flights
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING
Icy 'Peggy' looks to be leaving the outer rings
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.