A team of scientists from the University of Hawaii and a Turkish lab have genetically engineered bunnies to glow green, a feat that they say demonstrates the future of advanced genetic modification.
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Earlier this week, a litter of bunnies were born in Istanbul. Scientists were pleased.
That’s because two of the bunnies have been successfully genetically engineered to glow in the dark, a feat that the team of scientists from the University of Hawaii and a Turkish lab say demonstrates advanced genetic modification.
These are not the first glow-in-the-dark rabbits: In 2000, artist Eduardo Kac commissioned a French lab to create for him a luminescent rabbit, Alba, also using borrowed genes from jellyfish. He called that rabbit art. The scientists called it science. A philosophical tussle ensued. And then a legal one. The glowing rabbit died before the matter was settled.