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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by pimentoLoaf, Jan 12, 2006.
Of all the things in the world that humans could be spending money on research......
NOPE, I'm going with the "Green Eggs and Ham!!!!!"
I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
Poor pigs- I bet all their sty mates make fun of 'em.
This could be used to insure a level of kosher in foods, if it glows green it ain't kosher...
I WILL NOT Eat Eggs and Green Ham!
So destined to become trendy nightlights for the Paris Hilton set ...
Glowing pig fetus earrings perhaps? Someone has already done them in bronze & silver so why not dayglo?
Whats in a name...
The story was written by "Chris Hogg." I wonder if he glows in the dark too.
Only a ham post would be submitted by pimentoLoaf. Deli envy is it?
ummm what glow in the dark pigs?
It's things like this that make me believe the science and the art world are alot closer related than they'd like to admit.
One of my earlier meat signatures was something from Tommy Smothers: "Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you!"
It's green fluorescent protein, known as GFP to biologists...a very common tool for use in cell biology experiments. Grad students in my program have long thought about putting GFP into yeast and attempting to make glow-in-the-dark green beer, but no one's ever actually given it a try. One year some students put together a fake ad for such a beer as part of our annual skit night...but the glow-in-the-dark beer was accomplished by dropping a glo-stick into a mug of beer...
It would be pure awesomeness to have a glow in the dark hamster. Admit it.
Ahh, the Smothers Brothers. I saw them on TV recently and they're exactly the same as they were 30 years ago...hilarious!
...And this is what u do when you have too much money and nothing to do with it.
who's going to be the first glow in the dark human?
stupidity - but it does get the publicity
They've had GFP mice for quite a while now, mostly just ovarian cells for the hamsters (CHO) as well as some viral infections of certain tissues, but not broad spectrum like the mice and pigs
We're using this technology to study human cellular regeneration, I wouldn't call it too much money and nothing to do with it... Might look foolish on the surface but it's like an iceberg baby
Not quite this is very important on many levels. As other have said GFP is a very important protein used by moecular biologists to track the fate of cells. If a cell or organ from these pigs is place in a non-GFP pig/animal/human, you'd be able to successfully track where those cells go. Say the organ stops glowing after 1 year, then you'ld know that the donor's body has replaced all the cells. Conversely if the donors body starts glowing green you'd know that cells have infiltrated the normal tissues and are residing there. Very simple but extremely powerful - Cool eh?
Pigs have the potential to be enormous in medical science. They are already quite largely used in fields like cardiology, where their heart and vasculature are very similar in size and biology to humans. This lets you do a lot of research (and surgery practice) which isn't possible and ethical on humans.
The other place where pigs are important is in xenotransplantation. There is a massive shortfall in transplantable organs worldwide, and pig organs have been touted as the most promising sources of transplantable material. They're again mostly the right size and biologically similar to humans. Already there's been plenty of reserach with pig pancreatic islet cells to reverse diabetes - for which human donated pancreatic tissue is few and far between. So these animals are a great resource - it'll alow the study of the interaction between a transplanted organ/cell and the donor's body.
And remember they'll have a 1x10e6 times better quality of life than any pig used for bacon!
always good to know......poor piggs being all green n stuffs...oh well...i bet they make a mean bacon
A mean beacon. The make a mean beacon.
Don't foget Andi the GFP monkey. His photo is absolutely adorable.
So I guess we're gonna see racial discrimination amongst these pigs.
They should be using bird genes together with the pig DNA.. The tabloid headline writers would have a field day!
And you'd be able to cook it in the dark!