The Glowing Green Pig Revolution 21 March 2006Posted by VARANGALI in Humor, Science, VARANGALI.
pity this busy monster, manunkind
One hears arguments every day that progress has progressed too far, that in the name of science we have crossed moral boundaries, and that the high priests of today wear white coats and minister from sanitized laboratories. Yet scientists claim that the pendulum has swung back: the conservative, knee-jerk reactions of politicians and the American people hold back necessary research in stem cells, cloning, etc. Sometimes I think that we are victims to neither progress nor regress, just some species of weird.
Researchers from National Taiwan University’s Department of Animal Science and Technology have successfully added jellyfish DNA to about 265 pig embryos. A few weeks ago, much to the scientists’ joy, three male piglets were born – fluorescent green, glow-in-the-dark piglets. That’s right, if you are ever in the vicinity of the National Taiwan University and are hungry, be careful to avoid all that is fluorescent green and glows in the dark.
The researchers have accomplished a worldwide first. While others have bred partially fluorescent pigs before, never have they been fully green, fully fluorescent. Even the heart and the internal organs are green: the glowing green pig revolution is now complete. Perhaps Polonius’ (William Shakespeare) description of theatre can be used to describe our obsession with amoral, faintly ridiculous science:
…tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited…