Scientists in Uruguay Create First Glow in the Dark Sheep

Posted on April 30, 2013

Glow in the Dark Sheep

Little Bo Peep would never have lost this flock. Scientists from the Animal Reproduction Institute of Uruguay (IRAUy) have created the first glow in the dark sheep. The transgenic sheep contain a gene that produces GFP, a green flourescent protein. The gene comes from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. The scientists say the breakthrough could lead to sheep that are immune to certain diseases. The scientists also say they could use the sheep to produce drugs.

WPTV says the sheep were born in October 2012. Other than the jellyfish gene, the scientists say the sheep are no different that regular sheep. We wonder what other sheep will think of their glowing relatives. The glowing would help farmers locate lost sheep but it would not help sheep trying to hide from a predator. Take a look:

Photo: Javier Calvelo/IRAUy


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