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Scientists Create Glow-In-The-Dark Sheep!!

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In Uruguay, scientists have genetically modified sheep so that they can glow-in-the-dark!!

They only glow under ultraviolet light though, so unless you have a black light, you'll miss these goats' special ability.

Researchers at Uruguay's Animal Reproduction Institute partnered with the Pasteur Institute of Montevideo to create the first transgenic sheep in Latin America.

What they did was take a jellyfish gene for green fluorescence and inject it into sheep embryos.

Nine genetically modified lambs were born and they are all currently healthy and about 6-months old now.

Looking at them, you'd just think they're normal cutie lambs, unless you hit them with a black light.

This whole endeavor proves that genetic modification technology can work and it should be a great jump off point for future science!

Way to go, Uruguay!!

[Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

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3 comments to “Scientists Create Glow-In-The-Dark Sheep!!”

  1. @v@ says – reply to this


    Too bad you couldn't get the flourescent pic. I thought it made them more open to being spotted by predators at night, although the owners could find them.

  2. jack says – reply to this


    Not Good. This is just the beginning of the end of true "nature".
    We've gone too far. Look for your own implanted "glow in the dark" chip/gene in the near future. What better way to track the world? Our species is too dumb and too arrogant to
    be on this planet. Plant a tree - and quit playing with nature.

  3. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: jack – Buys you a beer for that comment.