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Can glow in the dark rabbits really help us?

Recent research from Turkey shows two rabbits out of a herd of eight glowing bright green in the dark.

This is not because the pregnant mother got angry and had some kind of David Banner breakdown, but because her embryos were injected with a fluorescent protein taken from jellyfish DNA.

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Researchers based in Hawaii and Turkey, placed the jellyfish-injected embryos back in to the mother rabbit's womb, and after going full term she gave birth to eight healthy kits, but two were born with the amazing glowing gene.

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"They are like an LED light", Dr. Stefan Moisyadi, a biogenesis researcher, said. "And on top of it, their fur is beginning to grow and the greenness is shining right through their fur. It’s so intense,” he added.

The glow in the dark rabbits are indeed a talking point among many, animal rights activists included. However the green fluorescent colouring is only used as a marker.

The glowing marker indicates the presence of the beneficial genetic material injected into the embryos and that it has been incorporated into the rabbits' natural make up.

"It’s just a marker to show that we can take a gene that was not originally in the animal and now exists in the animal... It shows that it’s working easily.” Dr Moisyadi explained.

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Dr Moisyadi said the glow in the dark rabbits were not affected or harmed at all by the fluorescent protein and they will enjoy the same life span as other rabbits of their breed.

Rabbits weren't the only creatures to get the 'Hulk-effect', the research follows similar experiments by scientists, who genetically modified kittens, puppies and monkeys.

Larger animals are next. By incorporating these apparently beneficial genes into larger animals, it will help to create less costly and more efficient medicines.

But how do green fluorescent bunnies help us?

"...patients who suffer from haemophilia and they need the blood clotting enzymes in their blood, we can make those enzymes a lot cheaper in animals with barrier re-actives rather than a factory that will cost billions of dollars to build," Dr Moisyadi explained.

These glow in the dark rabbits were born in Istanbul, Turkey but researchers are hoping to expand their research work in America. However, Dr Moisyadi said it could prove a little difficult.

"...there is this hysteria that transgenic animals should not be used for anything," Dr Moisyadi said.

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What do you think?

Should animals glow in the dark for the sake of genetic research and advancing human medicine programs?

Glowing Sheep

Sheep are next apparently, do you find this a worrying prospect? Is it science gone mad? Or do you think this type of thinking is creative, innovative and beneficial to our health in the long run?

Perhaps the notion of rabbit glowing in the dark appeals to you. I know the local fox would think it's a great idea, but could they be a breed in their own right? Remember the skinless rabbit?

Perhaps we'll see a dark room at rabbit shows, specifically for the glow in the dark rabbit exhibits!

Mmmm, probably not!

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