While glow-in-the-dark rabbits have recently been produced by the universities of Istanbul and Hawaii in hopes of new ways to produce medicines, the first genetically modified “glowing” rabbit was created in 2002 as an artistic work by contemporary artist Eduardo Kac, produced in collaboration with French geneticist Louis-Marie Houdebine.
But genetically engineered bioluminescence isn’t a new scientific breakthrough – a variety of animals have already been ‘created’ in the recent decades. Here is a brief compilation of a few of our favorites:
(image via Penn News)
(image via Osaka University)
(image via National Geographic)
(image via KVAL.com)
(images via BBC News)
Glowing baboon from Barbados
(image via Mortiz Waldemeyer)
Here’s a fun fact:
Scorpions naturally glow under ultraviolet (UV) light as seen in the image below, but the rest of the animals that you will see here feature man-made bioluminescence.
(image via The Huffington Post)
Then there are glowing dogs, fishes, and a variety of other man-made bioluminescent pets that have been produced. Hit this link for more!
BY KENNETH LIM