Video: These glow-in-the-dark pigs further prove that genes can be introduced at embryonic levels

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Scientists at the South China Agriculture University have created these bioluminescent pigs that glow in the dark, which was part of a technique created by researchers at University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Medicine. How were they created? The pigs were injected with jellyfish DNA when they were embryos. Researchers were interested in seeing if the glow factor would happen or not while the injections were made. Genetic manipulation at the embryo stage has been tested on rabbits and pigs, which leads further to the possibility of genes being introduced to humans at embryonic levels as well.

“It’s just a marker to show that we can take a gene that was not originally present in the animal and now exists in it. The green is only a marker to show that it’s working easily,” said Dr. Stefan Moisyadi of the Institute for Biogenesis Research.

The successful test also leads to possibilities of using genetic engineering to create efficient medicines.

“[For] patients who suffer from hemophilia and they need the blood-clotting enzymes in their blood, we can make those enzymes a lot cheaper in animals rather than a factory that will cost millions of dollars to build,” added Dr. Moisyadi.

[Source: University of Hawai’i / Gizmodo]