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What Fireflies and Jellyfish Show Us

By on June 25, 2013

Glowing Baah

When Alba, the fluorescent bunny, was shown as art in 2000, there was a lot of blowback about the gene manipulation that created her—white-rabbit genes spliced with a fluorescent gene found in jellyfish. A lucky 13 years later, and we have all sorts of uses for glowing genes, thanks to jellyfish, squid, fireflies, and algae.

Born in October 2012, this sheep, like the rabbit, only “glows” when under fluorescent light. Unlike the rabbit, the sheep has a greater purpose, which, according to the creators at the Uraguayan Animal Reproduction Institute, is for medical research.

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