Mutated Glowing Pet Fish

We found one of the true genetically modified pets one can own - the Glofish. It is a fish that is made fluorescent by science. We thought that there is something fishy going on, so we checked our favorite source (wikipedia), for more information.

"In 1999, Dr. Zhiyuan Gong and his colleagues at the National University of Singapore were working with a gene that encodes the green fluorescent protein (GFP), originally extracted from a jellyfish, that naturally produced bright green fluorescence. They inserted the gene into a zebrafish embryo, allowing it to integrate into the zebrafish's genome, which caused the fish to be brightly fluorescent under both natural white light and ultraviolet light."

According to the article, apparently, some scientists had the bright idea of making fish glow, probably to try to save the environment and prevent unnatural mutations such as radioactive or glowing fish to emerge from our waters. But then again, who really knows the real purpose, right?

Anyway, after all the experimenting, the end result was what is now known as the GloFish - a genetically modified super guppy (actually a Danio) that has but one super power - and that is it can glow like a jellyfish.

And like any glowing thing, we would assume that these pets can light up a room in a brilliant manner.

A word of warning for those living in California though, if you are thinking of owning this fish, you may find yourself swimming in deep waters as the said State will fry anyone who is caught trying to possess or sell genetically modified fish.

If you are totally hooked with unusual pets(or glowing things), you might find yourself taking the bait and getting the Glofish for the market price of $79.99.


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