But they can make pigs glow in the dark. A fluorescent pig developed by Chinese Scientists has successfully passed the genetically modified genes that cause the fluorescence to its offspring. They now have second generation glowing bacon.
BEIJING – A cloned pig whose genes were altered to make it glow fluorescent green has passed on the trait to its young, a development that could lead to the future breeding of pigs for human transplant organs, a Chinese university reported.
Two of the 11 piglets glow fluorescent green from their snout, trotters, and tongue under ultraviolet light, according to Northeast Agricultural University, located in the city of Harbin.
Their mother was one of three pigs born with the trait in December 2006 after pig embryos were injected with fluorescent green protein.
"Continued development of this technology can be applied to … the production of special pigs for the production of human organs for transplant," Liu Zhonghua, a professor overseeing the breeding program, said in a news release posted Tuesday on the university's Web site.
I'm not sure I follow the logic here. While one has to admit that there are some people who would look better (or at least funnier) with a glowing pig grafted to them, that market seems limited. On the other hand, you wouldn't need a night light.