Green Ham and Eggs

Scientists in Taiwan mixed genes from jelly fish with pig embryos to create green pigs. The four pigs that were actually born are green tinted and glow green at night when a blue light is shown on them. My question? Why?

So if, for instance, some of its stem cells are injected into another animal, scientists can track how they develop without the need for a biopsy or invasive test.

Great. But frankly, I don’t really ever want my bacon green. I usually throw it away if it is. At what point do we as humans stop screwing with this stuff? If pigs were meant to be green, they would be. Has no one seen “The Island of Dr. Moreau“? Maybe it’s my Christian roots showing, but some things we just shouldn’t screw with.

And no, I would not like them on a train.

Read the BBC Story here.

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  1. “Maybe it’s my Christian roots showing, but some things we just should screw with.”

    It is your Christian roots showing. And I think you meant “some things we just shouldn’t screw with.” Call it a hunch.

    If people were meant to be christians, though, they would be.

  2. Correct, I did mean “shouldn’t”. Post edited.

    So if people weren’t “meant” to be Christian… What should they be? It’s not as if someone came along and blended my dna with a Christian dna and made me Christian… I chose to be Christian. Just as you chose to be whatever religion or non-religion that you are.

  3. I think that this kind of research though freaky is done because certain people (including many christians) have a problem with any kind of human genetic research.

    Making pigs green may seem pointless but it is an easy and relatively harmless way to indentify gene pairs and the correct way to splice them in humans when compared to things like growing a human ear on the back of a mouse (I think we’ve all seen the pictures).

    Pigs are often used because they are ironically the most biologically similar to humans so their reactions to such experiements is a good guage.

    Just my two cents worth on the topics….

  4. We’ve just barely started turning the key to open the door labeled ‘genetic research’. Eventually, scientists will look back on Dolly the Cloned Sheep and these green tinted pigs and call us quacks (much like we do when we go back and wonder what people were thinking when they used leaches to bleed illness out of a body.)