Glowing sheep created by Uruguayan scientists

Fundación IRAU

Fundación IRAU

WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2013 – Uruguayan scientists at the Animal Reproduction Institute have successfully engineered sheep to glow in the dark when exposed to certain ultraviolet light.  While this may seem like a useless manipulation of the animal’s DNA, scientists claim to have a legitimate scientific purpose in creating these bizarre looking sheep.

The flock of nine lambs was born in October 2012 and are reportedly growing and developing like normal sheep- besides the fact that they glow green in the dark.  Uruguayan scientists manipulated the sheep’s genes by adding green fluorescent protein, “GFP,” from the Aequorea Victoria jellyfish.

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