China develops 1st green fluorescent transgenic pigs

China View article on Chinese scientists who have successfully bred partially green fluorescent pigs which they hope will boost stem cell research, a leading scientist said.

By injecting fluorescent green protein into embryonic pigs, a research team at the Northeast Agricultural University managed to breed three transgenic pigs, said professor Liu Zhonghua of the university’s College of Life Sciences.

Genetic material from jellyfish was injected into the womb of a sow which gave birth to the three pigs 114 days later in Harbin. Researchers will be able to monitor changes in the tissues of the transgenic pigs, commonly used to study human diseases.

No word yet on whether they’ll be safe to eat. Ummm.


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