Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Glowing Bunny Rabbits (Picture of the Day: 8/13/13)

Glowing rabbits. Source

 These rabbits are really glowing. Scientists, called genetic engineers, have been adding or replacing genes in animals for years now in order to study the effects, research new medicine production techniques, or for any other number of scientific reasons. So why would anyone create a glowing bunny? The glow is not the purpose of the genetic engineering itself, it is merely a marker. Genetic engineers add a bio-luminescence gene so that they know if the other genes that they added took hold. It is literally a glowing beacon letting scientists know if they were successful. These rabbits (created in Turkey) have joined the ranks of numerous other glow-in-the-dark animals, like cats that are resistant to FIV (the feline version of HIV).
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