Scientists in Taiwan and in the People’s Republic of China say that they have bred fluorescent green pigs, by injecting them with genetic material from jellyfish. Taiwan’s announcement came at the beginning of 2006, while the PRC’s announcement was released at the end of December 2006.
While this isn’t the first time that animals have been bred to be green, and one wonders if the trend will continue in light of the FDA’s approval of animal cloning for the food supply.
Even more surprising than the color of the pig – Taiwan claims they are green through-and-through – is the low survival rate from the experiments. Of the 8 females implanted with 265 pig embryos, only four became pregnant and only 3 pigs were born, a survival rate of just over 1%. Additionally, the scientists hope to breed the Frankenpigs with non-transgenic pigs and have the green trait passed on to the descendents. Glow-in-the-dark pork chops, anyone?