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Glowing Rabbit

posted on November 10, 2000

Glowing. It isn't just for fireflies anymore…

A fluorescent rabbit has made an appearance at Duke University. The transgenic mammal was produced by splicing the rabbit's D-N-A with a gene responsible for the green fluorescent protein in a jellyfish.

The rabbit is a piece of living artwork commissioned by a Brazilian artist. He calls the work Alba and introduced the rabbit to the world in May as a preview of life with genetically altered humans.

Alba was the star attraction at a recent ethics symposium in North Carolina.


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