Meddling with nature

Ooooh! Just what we've been waiting for:

BBC: Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that "glow in the dark".

They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.

The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo.

For goodness' sake! How bloody irresponsible can you get? I rely on bacon turning green and starting to glow in the dark to inform me that it's probably past its best. How am I going to tell now? I do wish these so-called scientists would stop to think before they start meddling with nature.

If they really must mess around with the porcine genome, why don't they produce something useful for a change, like an even-better-tasting pig (hard to imagine, I know), or one that can mow the lawn or something?

It's stuff like this that gives science a bad name.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.

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