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  Scientist makes glowing piglet
Updated 06 November 2001, 15.27

You've heard of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

Now meet NT-2 - the piglet with a glowing nose and trotters.

Scientists at the University of Missouri mixed jellyfish DNA with normal pig DNA to produce the amazing piglet.


In all, five piglets were born and four of them have the tell-tale glowing noses.

This wasn't done for fun, the experiment has a serious side to it.

Reasons

By proving it is possible to mix genetic material from two different animals together, scientists have shown it may be safe to use animals to grow human organs for transplant.

Thousands of people die each year waiting for organ transplants and using animals to grow the organs needed could save many lives.


 
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