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Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

  1. Jan 17, 2006 #1

    Math Is Hard

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    Just something interesting I came across on BBC News.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4605202.stm
     
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  3. Jan 17, 2006 #2
    Finally, what the world had been waiting for! :tongue:
     
  4. Jan 17, 2006 #3
    Were they expossed to raditon?
    I wonder what green eggs and hame taste like
     
  5. Jan 18, 2006 #4

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    No, they have green fluorescent protein incorporated in their DNA.
     
  6. Jan 18, 2006 #5

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    Would they be called GFPigs then? Also they don't really "glow in the dark". A light source (488 nm) is required to activate the fluorophore that has been expressed in the tissues of the pig. Then the tissues will emit light at about 520 nm which is green in color. I've seen this done with mice and they are really fascinating to look at under fluorescing conditions.
     
  7. Jan 18, 2006 #6

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    I do that with worms everyday :tongue:
     
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