Sunday, December 31, 2006

Chinese Year of the Fluorescent Pig Begins

China celebrates the start of the Year of the Pig in February. But Chinese scientists have gotten an early start by successfully breeding partially green fluorescent pigs which they hope will boost stem cell research, Xinhua news agency said.

A research team at the Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin managed to breed three transgenic pigs by injecting fluorescent green protein into embryonic pigs, Xinhua quoted Professor Liu Zhonghua as saying.

"The mouth, trotters and tongue of the pigs are green under ultraviolet light," said Liu.

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