Glowing Bunnies Born in Turkey

Glowing Bunnies Born in Turkey

Forget psychedelic posters. The latest accessory for black light lovers is finally here: the bunny rabbit.

A litter of bunnies were born at the University of Istanbul in Turkey earlier this month. All were given a clean bill of health, despite the fact that two of them glowed a bright green when placed under ultraviolet light. The pair of fluorescent fur-babies had been injected with a gene for a jellyfish protein in a process called transgenesis.

Bunnies aren't the first animals to go green. Cats that were genetically-engineered to carry a protein that defends against feline immunodeficiency virus, the cat version of HIV, were also injected with the jellyfish gene as a physical indicator of the cat's immunity. If the cat glowed green under ultraviolet light, it was FIV-resistant and totally far-out, man.

Glowing bunnies are cute and all, but it still begs the question: what's the point? Jellyfish genes give scientists a simple indicator that a gene was successfully transferred into a new animal. The ultimate goal is to use the process to insert genes into livestock for use in medications. "Animals can make valuable proteins in their milk that humans use for medicine, and you can extract the proteins quite easily," Stefan Moisyadi, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii Manoa, said. "It would make certain pharmaceutical production extremely cost-effective."

Source: Discovery

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Science isn't about why, it's about why not?!

Imagine having these run around at a rave.. It'd be glorious. GLORIOUS!

I suspect these will miniature dogs and become the new "in" pet for celebrities. Then everybody will want one to mimic them, eventually leading to problems with people taking them to nightclubs and causing all sorts of havoc.

It does look kind of cute though, as well as a little eerie.

Fairly sure there are various Birds of Prey that can see on the ultraviolet scale. Kesteral, for example.

Now where did I put that master ball? Must catch all the shinies.

Is this really news? Not to discredit the writer, but stuff like this has been happening for quite some time. We've done it with Kittens, mice, some other rodents, and now rabbits. I guess the difference might be they will live longer than the two-three days the kittens did. Um. I need something to counteract sounding like a bitch...
Genetics! Yeah!
Though I did read it as "Glowing bunnies born out of a turkey" which would've been pretty damn interesting. Bunnies that glew, birthed from a turkey.

This is adorable and I want one to match my profile picture.

Seems latelty every lab with a PCR unit is tripping over themselves to make their big mark on the world by having their own fluorescent critter. And you know what? I dig it. A lab is not a church, you can have a ball every now and then dammit.

The question now is, what's it gonna take to one-up all the other labs at this point? Say, didn't someone recently isolate a decent wooly mammoth DNA sample or something? Hmmmmmm...

I guess the Blood Dragon Style of future is getting closer.

Now, if only they can make glowing venomous snakes...

One more glorious step toward bio-luminescent tattoos. Wahey!!

*SQUUUEEEEEE!!!*

So adorable, imagine the widdle glowing wiggling nosies - ... :'D

Once they learn to emit waves of radiation, make them a main enemy in the next Fallout.

Ahh my fellow countrymen. Bringing in the rave even to the darkest of the campus corners. Well done everyone!

You don't need a point when you have glow-in-the-dark bunnies. They are an end unto themselves.

I want glow in the dark bunnies and kitties. They would be friends and have tea parties.

I wonder how much they would cost?

Infernai:
Now, if only they can make glowing venomous snakes...

There are already glowing scorpions, not quite the same but at least it's a start. But given that you would have to be carrying around a UV light source it wouldn't help much anyway.

ZZoMBiE13:
One more glorious step toward bio-luminescent tattoos. Wahey!!

Why isn't that possible now? Extra jellyfish stuff (??), mix with tattoo ink, start the needle and make the art. Bam! You have a tattoo that people are "jelly' of!

Deathfish15:

ZZoMBiE13:
One more glorious step toward bio-luminescent tattoos. Wahey!!

Why isn't that possible now? Extra jellyfish stuff (??), mix with tattoo ink, start the needle and make the art. Bam! You have a tattoo that people are "jelly' of!

My guess is that the last thing the world needs is glow in the dark tramp stamps.

Bunnies are my favourite animal! They're so cute!

I can see how this could be detrimental in the wild...

"Where did my prey go... OH THERE THEY ARE! NOM"

Next step: Glowing kangaroos and deer. Fit new headlights, make night driving much safer.

But where will the glowing turkeys be born!?

Not really that impressive by this point.. Now if they would start making more radical changes, that would be pretty cool. Seriously, I haven't seen anything jaw-dropping since the earmouse, and wtf ever happened to that thing anyway? It seems like we should be using what we learned from that to grow all kinds of things. Move your ass, scientists.

Reminds me of The Hound of the Baskervilles episode of Sherlock with Bluebell the fluorescent rabbit.

AC10:
Bunnies are my favourite animal! They're so cute!

For you bud.
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Show this glowing. That's how you sell these things to anyone with a pulse.

SadisticFire:
Is this really news? Not to discredit the writer, but stuff like this has been happening for quite some time. We've done it with Kittens, mice, some other rodents, and now rabbits. I guess the difference might be they will live longer than the two-three days the kittens did.

D: Wha...What!

Evil Smurf:
I want glow in the dark bunnies and kitties. They would be friends and have tea parties.

They're dead! They're all DEAD! WHY! D: WHHHHHYYYYYYY!

Imp Emissary:

AC10:
Bunnies are my favourite animal! They're so cute!

For you bud.
image
Show this glowing. That's how you sell these things to anyone with a pulse.

SadisticFire:
Is this really news? Not to discredit the writer, but stuff like this has been happening for quite some time. We've done it with Kittens, mice, some other rodents, and now rabbits. I guess the difference might be they will live longer than the two-three days the kittens did.

D: Wha...What!

Evil Smurf:
I want glow in the dark bunnies and kitties. They would be friends and have tea parties.

They're dead! They're all DEAD! WHY! D: WHHHHHYYYYYYY!

WHO KILLED MY FRIENDS! MAH FRANDS! I need a hug.

Evil Smurf:

Imp Emissary:

AC10:
Bunnies are my favourite animal! They're so cute!

For you bud.
image
Show this glowing. That's how you sell these things to anyone with a pulse.

SadisticFire:
Is this really news? Not to discredit the writer, but stuff like this has been happening for quite some time. We've done it with Kittens, mice, some other rodents, and now rabbits. I guess the difference might be they will live longer than the two-three days the kittens did.

D: Wha...What!

Evil Smurf:
I want glow in the dark bunnies and kitties. They would be friends and have tea parties.

They're dead! They're all DEAD! WHY! D: WHHHHHYYYYYYY!

WHO KILLED MY FRIENDS! MAH FRANDS! I need a hug.

Science advances one adorably small coffin at a time.

Paradoxrifts:

Evil Smurf:

Imp Emissary:

For you bud.
image
Show this glowing. That's how you sell these things to anyone with a pulse.
D: Wha...What!

They're dead! They're all DEAD! WHY! D: WHHHHHYYYYYYY!

WHO KILLED MY FRIENDS! MAH FRANDS! I need a hug.

Science advances one adorably small coffin at a time.

Schrodinger's cat probably glowed.

So soon some of our medicine will be made in the tits of cows...
Sure, why not, cost effeciency used correctly I guess :P

"Phone Lestrade! Tell him we have an escaped rabbit!"

Can't believe I'm the first one to have thought of BBC's Sherlock. Still, I want one. Rabbit nightlights!

bliebblob:
Seems latelty every lab with a PCR unit is tripping over themselves to make their big mark on the world by having their own fluorescent critter. And you know what? I dig it. A lab is not a church, you can have a ball every now and then dammit.

The question now is, what's it gonna take to one-up all the other labs at this point? Say, didn't someone recently isolate a decent wooly mammoth DNA sample or something? Hmmmmmm...

My God... giant glowing mammoths with bunny ears? What has science done?!

Evil Smurf:

Imp Emissary:

AC10:
Bunnies are my favourite animal! They're so cute!

For you bud.
image
Show this glowing. That's how you sell these things to anyone with a pulse.

SadisticFire:
Is this really news? Not to discredit the writer, but stuff like this has been happening for quite some time. We've done it with Kittens, mice, some other rodents, and now rabbits. I guess the difference might be they will live longer than the two-three days the kittens did.

D: Wha...What!

Evil Smurf:
I want glow in the dark bunnies and kitties. They would be friends and have tea parties.

They're dead! They're all DEAD! WHY! D: WHHHHHYYYYYYY!

WHO KILLED MY FRIENDS! MAH FRANDS! I need a hug.

what's the point? Money. Buttloads of money.

 

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