Art or Absurd?

A Chicago artist stirred up a lot of controversy when he hired French scientists to genetically engineer a rabbit. A gene from a fluorescent jellyfish was inserted into a rabbit zygote (a multi-celled embryo). The rabbit is now fully grown, and appears to be a normal white rabbit. But put it under a black light and the rabbit glows green, like something from a science fiction flick. The artist says he intended the project to spark debate over biotechnology's place in society, but animal activists argue the experiment was abusive to the rabbit.

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Explore More: Genetic Engineering
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