Friday, January 13, 2006

Eggheads and Green Ham

It's a shame Dr. Seuss didn't live to see the day he would prove to be a prophet. Humankind can rest easy now; science has bred its first fluorescent green pig.

Reuters reports that scientists in Taiwan are responsible for the, um, breakthrough of sorts:

"By injecting fluorescent green protein into embryonic pigs, a research team at the island’s leading National Taiwan University managed to breed three male transgenic pigs, said professor Wu Shinn-Chih of the university’s Institute and Department of Animal Science and Technology.

“'There are partially fluorescent green pigs elsewhere, but ours are the only ones in the world that are green from inside out. Even their hearts and internal organs are green,' Wu said on Thursday."

The scientists claim the hogs will be important for stem-cell research. Whatever. We suspect some lab experiment went terribly wrong and this is just trying to make a silk purse out of a green sow's ear.

(Thanks to my brother-in-law for the heads-up on the story)


At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Brett said...

That headline rocks!

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Sigmund Spinoza aka - Chase's Brother in Law said...

What I found most disturbing about the story is the fact that it would appear that multiple groups were attepting to produce green pigs. One wonders - is the idea to make them easier to sneak up on in the dark? To produce glow in the dark BLT's?

Oh - and thank you, Chase for the attribution. Thank you more for leaving off the usual family qualifiers such as "Idiot", "Black Sheep" or "Symbol of my sister's folly".


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