In one of the freakier scientific developments in recent memory, a team of scientists at the South China Agricultural University have successfully engineered ten piglets that emit a green glow beneath a black light.
Having developed a technique originally fostered by the University of Hawaii at Manua School of Medicine, the research team achieved this unique coloration through isolating a fluorescent protein present in jellyfish DNA. Once researchers isolated the required jellyfish DNA, they injected it within multiple pig embryos.
Far from an eerie scientific experiment, medical practitioners maintain that such glowing animals actually lay the foundation for the future of medicine. Doctors hope to one day use this brand of science to develop medicines and therapies designed to treat ailments as serious as hemophilia. Genetically altered animals could produce critical enzymes and make this a reality.
While the genetic mutation of animals will always raise a few eyebrows, especially among activists, researchers promise these animals will still live happy and full lives. Their natural enzyme production offers immense value over the production of expensive factories where the required chemical components are created in a lab. Essentially, this is a win/win situation for scientific research.
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