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    The fact that they can do this kind of stuff simply amazes me.

    Altered animals: Creatures with bonus features

    The piggy above was genetically modified to have a yellow nose and
    feet, while the kitty was engineered so its skin glows in ultraviolet light.
    The aim is to develop ways to genetically modify animals to have
    properties not found in nature that have scientific or agricultural

    Brain cells glow with different colors under UV light in this image of
    the brainstem of a "Brainbow" mouse. The trick is to add a piece of
    DNA containing the genes for several different fluorescent proteins
    to a mouse, along with a mechanism that randomly cuts out some
    of these genes when activated in brain cells. As a result, different
    brain cells produce different mixtures of fluorescent proteins, creating
    a kaleidoscope of colors.

    The yellow skin and trotter of the pig on the left is due to an
    added fluorescent jellyfish gene. Other transgenic pigs have less
    visible but more useful traits. For instance, the "Enviropig", created
    at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, excretes far less
    phosphorus than normal pigs.

    Excess phosphorus from normal pigs often leaches into rivers and
    seas, causing excessive algal growth and "dead zones". The Enviropig
    has a bacterial enzyme that enables it to digest the most common
    form of phosphorus in plants, phytate, so its manure contains far
    less phosphorus. Trials are being carried out in China.

    These just-unveiled glow-under-UV angelfish could go on sale in 2012.
    They were created at the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology
    in Taipei, Taiwan, along with similarly modified convict cichlids.

    The first genetically modified pet to go on sale was a fluorescent
    medaka, or rice fish, which was launched in Taiwan in 2003. It was
    soon followed by the "GloFish", a fluorescent zebrafish sold in
    many countries, including the US. Both were spin-offs from basic
    research, rather than being created specifically for the pet trade.

    Now this is just wrong. Poor chicken. Bless his featherless heart.

    A monstrosity created by genetic engineers? No, this featherless
    chicken is entirely natural, a descendant of a bird in which the
    genetic mutation occurred many decades ago. There's interest in
    breeding this trait into fast-growing broiler chickens, to create birds
    that are less prone to heat stress and do not require plucking.
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    Re: Golwing Animals and other genetic modifications

    That's one ugly chicken.
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