Scientists in Turkey have produced glowing green rabbits that light up in the dark.
I can see how this would be incredibly useful, especially for possums, deer and goats.
Researchers in Hawaii and Istanbul say they’re giddy with excitement after using genetic engineering to create a pair of glow-in-the-dark bunnies.
The Turkish scientists used a technique developed at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa to inject flourescent protein from jellyfish DNA into a mother rabbit’s embryo in a lab.
The embryo was then reinserted into the mommy rabbit and – voilà – when the litter of eight bunnies were born at the University of Istanbul earlier this month, two glowed a vivid green under black light.
It’s not the first time a glow-in-the-dark rabbit has been created, but the scientists say it’s the first time this technique was used and it showed a greater rate of success than past attempts.
“Our colleagues in Turkey have been so excited by the birth of the transgenic rabbits – and that excitement has spread to the public through news coverage on Turkish television,” said University of Hawai’i associate professor Stefan Moisyadi.