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China Heralds Year of the Fluorescent Green Pig

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the please-avoid-the-green-eggs-and-ham-jokes dept.

Biotech 112

Apocalypse111 writes "Chinese scientists have successfully bred partially green fluorescent pigs which they hope will boost stem cell research. A research team at the Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin managed to breed three transgenic pigs by injecting fluorescent green protein into embryonic pigs. Xinhua quoted Professor Liu Zhonghua as saying. 'The mouth, trotters and tongue of the pigs are green under ultraviolet light'."

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FIRST POST (1)

riff420 (810435) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414834)

TYLER HOYT

Re:FIRST POST (1)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 7 years ago | (#17417572)

Given that stem cells haven't provided any positive results at all, I doubt these glowing pigs will do a damn thing. Adult and cord cells are where all the research, and all the investors, are at which is why stem cell advocates are always wanting federal funding--they can't get any private backers due to lack of results. Not that the mainstream media will bother doing any investigative reporting and tell you that.

Just what the world needs (3, Funny)

dfoulger (1044592) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414842)

So I'll take my Egg McMuffin with the Florescent Green Canadian Bacon. Hmmm. I think not.

Here's an accomplishment that will create a real conundrum for the Green Party. Is the pig a symbol to be cherished, a genetic freak to be feared, or some combination.

Re:Just what the world needs (5, Funny)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414924)

So I'll take my Egg McMuffin with the Florescent Green Canadian Bacon. Hmmm. I think not.

Try it. Try it. Sam I am.

LK

Re:Just what the world needs (4, Funny)

servognome (738846) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415120)

So I'll take my Egg McMuffin with the Florescent Green Canadian Bacon. Hmmm. I think not.
Try it. Try it. Sam I am.
I will not try it based on your post
I would not eat it with a Wiimote
Fluorescent Green Bacon, not even a lick
But does the green bacon run Linux?

Re:Just what the world needs (4, Insightful)

dvice_null (981029) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415004)

The point is not to create green pigs, the point is to prove that we can do anything. But basicly green pigs is a relatively easy tasks when compared to creating a pig with wings and a genetic ability to learn to use them and fly. But in theory it is already possible, all we need to know is what genes we need to use and where to put them. That is difficult, but possible. The more we learn, the more we can do.

Re:Just what the world needs (2, Funny)

mindwhip (894744) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415270)

So I'll take my Egg McMuffin with the Florescent Green Canadian Bacon.
I'll take that... and pigs might fly... oh.. wait...theres a genetically modified flying pig now :(

Re:Just what the world needs (1)

kabz (770151) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415658)

The 'flying pigs' just got a lot closer when Apple switched to Intel.

And that is what has been spurring porcine aeronautics, lo these 6 months.

Re:Just what the world needs (2, Insightful)

drsquare (530038) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416904)

So I'll take my Egg McMuffin with the Florescent Green Canadian Bacon. Hmmm. I think not.

The irony is that the green pig would probably be the least artificial thing on McDonald's menu.

Night shot camera?? (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414844)

I mean seriously that is all the picture looks like right?

Re:Night shot camera?? (1)

JoshJ (1009085) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414858)

Actually, it would be kinda funny if this was one of China's "government truths".

fluorescent green porking (4, Funny)

macadamia_harold (947445) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415144)

Night shot camera?? I mean seriously that is all the picture looks like right?

Unless I'm missing something here, I've already seen similar footage involving Paris Hilton in a hotel room. I wasn't aware that she was the result of a genetic experiment, but it sure would explain a lot.

Re:fluorescent green porking (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416324)

Now I'm really confused, when I saw the story about a pig, I thought it was about Paris Hilton...

Re:fluorescent green porking (1)

Melfina (872932) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416440)

Same method, different subjects~

1. Inject with genetic material
2. Record with night shot
3. ...
4. Profit!

Re:Night shot camera?? (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415172)

It could also be a blacklight and they showered them with something beforehand. Hell, even human skin glows slightly under blacklight (as does urine).

Either theory could be valid - it's weird how the pigs seem to glow only in a certain radius - like a light (not necessarily visible to humans) was shown on them - they have dark spots.

In any case I won't rule anything out - it's possible. Watches used to have dials that glowed fluorescent in the dark after a decent exposure to light (phosporus?). Submarines too - WW2 era. I'll read the article to see if the pigs have to be exposed to light beforehand.

Re:Night shot camera?? (1)

dolphinling (720774) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415618)

Uh, I would hope a light was being shone on them. Fluorescence [wikipedia.org] only happens while a UV light is actually shining on the object. Phosphorescence [wikipedia.org] is the one that lasts after the light stops. If there were no light being shone, that would mean the pigs aren't fluorescent.

Re:Night shot camera?? (1)

Bwana Geek (1033040) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415678)

I'm pretty sure that's just a random picture they found that seemed to fit with the story. The article states (as reflected in the last line of the /. summary) that the "mouth, trotters and tongue of the pigs are green under ultraviolet light". Hardly sounds like a completely glowing pig to me. It's probably a picture of normal pigs using night-vision or something. Or I could be wrong and we're halfway towards finally getting green eggs and ham.

Green Eggs and Ham (5, Funny)

kihjin (866070) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414850)

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.

From China with love,

Re:Green Eggs and Ham (1)

darkonc (47285) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414984)

Mother Goose is Dead

Long Live Dr. Suse
(Er, Sue Us,
er, Suuueeeeee!,
oh, whatever!

FDA Rules Green Ham Safe For Human Consumption (3, Funny)

jesdynf (42915) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414854)

... Green Eggs Soon To Follow.

In other news, Hormel spokesperson Sam I Am is the Public Relations Man Of The Year according to...

Green eggs soon to follow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17415898)

They're already here. They're called Araucanas [wikipedia.org] , but most of what people call these are actually easter eggers.

This has been done before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17414878)

Eduardo Kac's GFP Bunny [ekac.org] , anyone?

Seen this before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17414886)

Old news

From January. (2, Interesting)

grimJester (890090) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415580)

BBC story [bbc.co.uk] , Google search [google.com] .

Now ..... (1)

liquid_rince (902265) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414892)

... all they need now is some wings.

Re:Now ..... (2, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414908)

I'll never understand why people think pigs flying is such an impossible thing. Give me an airplane and a sedated pig and I'll give you a flying pig.

Re:Now ..... (1)

liquid_rince (902265) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414938)

That sounds like a free-falling pig to me.

In order for a pig to be a flying, it would be to generate enough lift in order to offset the force of gravity. Read about Flight [wikipedia.org]
The method you describe seems to be a process that turns pigs into pancakes.

Re:Now ..... (1)

poopdeville (841677) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414988)

I think you might find that the pig flies better if you don't throw it out of the plane.

Re:Now ..... (1)

dolphinling (720774) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415624)

Depends on your definition of "flying". I say the pig has to be in the pilot's seat for it to qualify (and I'd hope it's not sedated at that point!)

Re:Now ..... (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415878)

When I fly somewhere I'm not in the pilot's seat and yet I'm still flying. Ergo, to have a pig flying it doesn't need to be the pilot.

Re:Now ..... (1)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415068)

African or European?

Re:Now ..... (1)

faffod (905810) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416250)

Are you saying flying pigs migrate?

Re:Now ..... (1)

databank (165049) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415416)

I'll go one thing simpler...give me a pig and a catapult....

Re:Now ..... (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415858)

That's about what they did here. They didn't breed glowing pigs, they made some. Injecting dye is not the same as making pigs with genes which cause them and their children to glow.

dupe? (2, Informative)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414902)

compare with old news [slashdot.org] .

damn chinese imitation ripoff... (1)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414970)

Chinese pirates must of found a way to create a cheap imitation....

How being green helps (3, Informative)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414980)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4605202.st m [bbc.co.uk]
Below is the info I wanted to know that's not included in MSNBC link

The scientists will use the transgenic pigs to study human disease. Because the pig's genetic material encodes a protein that shows up as green, it is easy to spot.

So if, for instance, some of its stem cells are injected into another animal, scientists can track how they develop without the need for a biopsy or invasive test.

Re:How being green helps (1)

sgt_doom (655561) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416946)

Whoopee!! They give us various forms of flu every year, and that SARS virus, and make traitorous, amoral morons pay the Chinese government to view the preserved remains of their murdered "dissidents" [guardian.co.uk] - and now they bring humanity the fluorescent green pig.....

Re:dupe? (1)

umghhh (965931) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415044)

But the missed the real target i.e. a fluorescent pig with built-in flag - all red except few yellow stars on it. The flag - they have to work on it still or they will end up as food for the fluorescent warms.

Good thing is that it will all stay within a fluorescent realm of the ruling party.

Re:dupe? (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416336)

Taiwan, now Chinese?

Somehow I think this is some sort of wicked scientist in-joke to test DNA manipulation.

- How far along are we in our transgenic studies now?
- Well, we can make the flourescent green pig!

This is old news (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17414906)

Animals glowing green in the dark was invented 1986 in Chernobyl.

I for one... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17414916)

...welcome our fluorescent pig overlords.

Re:I for one... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415166)

I also welcome our new glowing porcine overlords. But then I would, wouldn't I?

But They Won't Breed with an Elephant... (3, Funny)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414932)

Unless you get them really, really drunk...

Cripes they're mixing pigs with jellyfish and the most interesting thing they can think to do with it is make the pig green? How about breeding a pig with deadly stinging tentacles? Now that would be something truly worthwhile!

Re:But They Won't Breed with an Elephant... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17414982)

Maybe they should also consider attaching some frikken lasers to the tentacles too.

Re:But They Won't Breed with an Elephant... (1)

ameoba (173803) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415276)

Glowing green pigs with tentacles? /me waits for live-action hentai.

Re:But They Won't Breed with an Elephant... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17415424)

Unless you get them really, really drunk...
Note to self: I just got a great idea for something fun to do on March 17th.

obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17414958)

... but do they have frigin laserbeams attached to their heads?

This seems counterproductive (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 7 years ago | (#17414964)

While I'm sure multiple trials of such things help at least in terms of adding to the data pool. But things like this sure do not win them any points in terms of public perception. I'm all for this research for medical benefits, but I'm not looking forward to the inevitable mutant animals.

Been there, done that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17415006)

This is old news. Close to a year ago, there was an article over fluorescent green genetically altered pigs made in Taiwan. The story's the same: three pigs, all male, same pictures, and it's even on MSN. Just like last time.

Taiwan is not china. (2, Insightful)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415054)

What is it with some news orgs calling this a Chinese development? Is it solidarity with the communists?

The BBC used the correct name, it's Taiwan and it's been independant for some time now. Get over it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4605202.st m [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

radio4fan (304271) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415116)

What is it with some news orgs calling this a Chinese development?


Because it is?

This is not a dupe. It was Taiwanese scientists last time, this time it is Chinese scientists.

From TFA:
A research team at the Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin...


Harbin is very much in China.

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415128)

I'm reasonably sure Taiwan citizens are calling themselves Chinese.

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

teslar (706653) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415224)

I used to have a Taiwanese gf and the best way to make her completely furious was to call her Chinese. Seriously. She'd rip your head off just for that comment. However, at the other end, there are Taiwanese who really want to be friends with China and calling those Chinese is perfectly ok, in fact, it will make them really happy. I also knew a guy like that. Actually, he seemed to be happy whether you called him Taiwanese (you recognised where he was from specifically - wow) or Chinese (China is great, so thank you so much).

The bottom line, call them Taiwanese. Especially if you ask them where they're from and they answer 'Taiwan' and not 'China'. This way you're not likely to offend someone (well, apart from the Chinese, probably :) ).

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

Nocturnal Deviant (974688) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415640)

i do love how you found out the best way to make her furious, know wonder why you USED to have a Taiwanese gf hahaha. and regular eggs and green ham FTW

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

lxt518052 (720422) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415982)

I think this shows exactly how politically divided Taiwanese people are over their own identity. This used to be a non-issue about 15 years ago, because at that time, the word Taiwanese is neutural. It only refers to people live in Taiwan, with no ethnic implications. But now, thanks to the brainwash by pro-independence politicians, everything labelled with Taiwan is good, with China, bad. Migrants who came to Taiwan after 1949 are sinful, because their connection to the mainland. Their descendants too, even though a lot of them never set foot on the mainland for once. This has now become a issue of political correctness. In Taiwan, if someone admits himself a Chinese, he's sinful. He'll be treated as potential traitor. Everything he does is wrong and he deserves all kinds of humiliation and verbal abuse from the 'true Taiwanese'. If he's not smart enough to keep silence, he'll be asked to leave.

On the other hand, the president Chen Shui-bian is a 'true Taiwanese'. Everything he does is impeccable. The embezzlement charges against him is clearly politically motivated to overthrown the 'Taiwanese regime'. If he's appropriated any government money, it must be the system's fault, not his. Because the opposition party, KMT, set up the system in the past, the KMT (read Chinese) is to blame, even though they've never touch the money this way before or after the DPP's coming into power.

Thinking this is too ridiculous to be true? Just google 'chen shui-bian receipts scandal'. It may give one a clue on what's going on in Taiwan, but not much, as the English language media have always had a biased view on such matters.

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416410)

The next time I meet someone from China I am going to have to say:


"Oh, you are from China, isn't that somewhere near Taiwan?" :)

I'd be amused if being asked as such (1)

lxt518052 (720422) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416552)

Now try this one,

"Oh, you are from America. Isn't that somewhere near Guantanamo?"

Re:I'd be amused if being asked as such (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 7 years ago | (#17417770)

Americans don't like the Bush administration either, it just took most of them till the end of his second term to realize it. I think if we impeached Clinton over lying about an affair then Bush is fair game too, and we should have thrown him out of office a while ago.


Anyway, since you seem educated and you live in China (I am guessing), can you tell me a little bit about it?

Specifically, I have spoke with people in the US that refuse to purchase goods from Wal-Mart on the basis that most of those goods are produced in China and the people that manufacture them live in poverty and are treated inhumanely by your government.

What is your opinion on the matter? Also, if it isn't too personal, what are your living conditions like?

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

teslar (706653) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415178)

No, you are wrong, this has been done in Harbin [wikipedia.org] , which is in China, not Taiwan. The Taiwanese have done something similar, much earlier in the year, but this does not refer to that (Though I have a feeling the pic in TFA is actually from the Taiwanese work because those pigs are clearly not just partially green). Also, see here [theregister.co.uk] .

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415264)

This is America. Whatever we say is true. Even though the majority of us are idiots.

Re:Taiwan is not china. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17415400)

Its perfectly simple

Taiwan Uni produced some green pigs at the beginning of 2006
Some mainland China Uni duplicated the research.

TFA confused the two and used the Taiwan picture to illustrate the Mainland story.

btw - anyone notice the name of the BBC reporter?

*g*

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

mackyrae (999347) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415562)

Well, my boyfriend's family is from Shanghai, and they're Chinese Nationalists (his mom just returned to DC from Taiwan 3 days ago). According to him, China has technically been in a state of civil war for the last 50 years. Therefore, Taiwan isn't really it's own country right now. This is sort of like you saying, in 1863, "Gosh, the South is TOTALLY a different country! The Confederacy broke away 2 years ago!" even though the Civil War wasn't over and the South ended up re-assimilating. Both the PRC and the ROC claim to own Taiwan. The US recognizes the PRC as ruler of all of China (and includes Taiwan in that), which would make them not separate. There's still confusion over there over who owns Taiwan (seeing as both sides think they're in charge). Occasionally there's talk of reunification with the PRC, but no moves have been made. (Last bit of info can be expanded upon by Wikipedia as I haven't paid any attention to the mess in a few years)

China = communists = evil (1)

lxt518052 (720422) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415686)

Therefore
Anti-china = democracy = good

Come on, moderators. How was this mod'ed insightful?

Even if it's not biased stereotyping, the dispute over Taiwan's political status has nothing to do with scientific discoveries.

Re:Taiwan is not china. (1)

scdeimos (632778) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415720)

Yes, the photo is from the National Taiwan University, but the work was done by scientists at the Northeast Argicultural University in Harbin - MAINLAND CHINA.

Parent is a traitor and needs to be shot (0, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416106)

What a loser. Taiwan is not an independent nation, has never been an independent nation, and will never be an independent nation. We will lay waste to it with nuclear weapons before we allow them to become independent, and subsequently act as American and Japanese bitches. The fact that he is modded up shows how ridiculously uninformed the Slashdot community is on this issue.

No traitors these days unless you wanna make some (2, Interesting)

lxt518052 (720422) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416488)

Taiwan is not an independent nation, has never been an independent nation, and will never be an independent nation.

Does it really matter at all? Independent or not, Taiwan sees no future outside the Chinese economy. DPP government's de-sinolization policies have no other effect than a weakened economy, and perhaps, hatred among its own people.

What's the point of independence? "Because PRC has never ruled Taiwan?" Have a good look at the ROC constitution, is there any room for Taiwan independence? No. That's why DPP hates it so much and wants to change it so much despite the objection from the US. Yes, the United States of America, not People's Republic of China. As it gets no one any benefit but is such a risk to Asia-Pacific security.

But hey, now president Chen Shui-bian's solicitors are holding the ROC constitution as a shield in court defending his wife's graft case. They even invented a theory: 'what the president thinks a state secret is state secret, therefore no written document is needed to present in the court to prove anything.' As the constitution prevent Chen from indictment, they are hoping this will protect his wife too. How pathetic!

If those guys really want it so much as to fight for it, then go fight for it. That's at least decent. Provoking PRC behind the protection of the US is timid. Whining at the provoked action is even more cowardish. The DPP certainly does not care about the real consequences. Whenever the big clumsy communist party reacts, the DPP gets the votes. That's how democracy in Taiwan works. That's also the reason why Chen plays an independence hardliner every time there is a election coming. When the election is over and the US expresses its dismay, Chen plays reconciliation. It worked every time for him since his coming to power in 2000.

The PRC government learned his tricks over the years. You don't see them criticizing Chen anymore. They are now 'putting hope on the Taiwanese people'. That's logical. Why waste your effort fighting a ideological war that no one never wins when you can do something more meaningful such as boosting the economy and bringing the real benefit to people accross the Taiwan Strait?

Re:No traitors these days unless you wanna make so (1)

mobilebuddha (713936) | more than 7 years ago | (#17417378)

god damn.. please mod the parent up. why is it that i never seem to have any mod points when i really want to moderate an intelligent comment?

Chinese scientists invent a new type of dupe (1)

rumplet (1034332) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415078)

Xinhua confirm that Chinese scientists have successfully tested a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes that can rotate on a shaft or axle.

This appears to be a new type of dupe. I googled for fluorescent pigs and got this latest "news" swamping the top 30 results. Add a -china -taiwan and some reports from around 2001-2002 came up, including a research paper entitled:
"Transgenic pig expressing the enhanced green fluorescent protein produced by nuclear transfer" Jul 2002.
Did anyone else have the feeling they had read this a seriously long time ago?

Given a research paper and a few years, Chinese scientists seem to be able to invent anything.

Re:Chinese scientists invent a new type of dupe (1)

cytg.net (912690) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415262)

indeed.. i was quite sure i'd read that story before somewhere .. but who knows, perhpas they made the pig even greener!

Party Animals (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415092)

You've heard of goats at the Frat party, here's pigs to take to the rave!

The other day at ShopRite... (1)

Venik (915777) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415094)

The other day at ShopRite I've seen a package of green bacon. I was worried it went bad (you know, "manager's special"). Silly me. Now I know green bacon comes from green fluorescent transgenic pigs, of course.

soylent (1)

miquelets (981910) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415102)

first steps to soylent green?

Good job (1)

dcapel (913969) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415110)

All that is left now is to insert the gene for fuckin' lasers on the head into embryonic sharks.

Odd article (3, Interesting)

Skylinux (942824) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415162)

The main picture of the article shows animals created by Taiwanese scientist instead of the pigs created by the Chinese scientists mentioned in the article. MSNBC .....

Another article I have read explained that the Taiwanese pigs where superior due to their much stronger glow throughout their bodies which can be seen in the picture.
Link to the other article:
ahref=http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/12/29/fluo rescent_pig/rel=url2html-7150 [slashdot.org] http://www.theregiste r.co.uk/2006/12/29/fluorescent_pig/>

And here is where the pic came from:
ahref=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacifi c/4605202.stmrel=url2html-7150 [slashdot.org] http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4605202.stm>

And now we can make green SPAM as well (1)

viking80 (697716) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415176)

And now we can make green SPAM as well
http://www.spam.com/ [spam.com]

sure, that's what they want us to think. (5, Funny)

no reason to be here (218628) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415194)

A research team at the Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin managed to breed three transgenic pigs by injecting fluorescent green protein into embryonic pigs. Xinhua quoted Professor Liu Zhonghua as saying. 'The mouth, trotters and tongue of the pigs are green under ultraviolet light'."

what really happened is that kermit finally knocked up miss piggy.

Re:sure, that's what they want us to think. (1)

ari wins (1016630) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415696)

hrrrrmmmmmm, did you just call me Kremit? Today's magic number is.....JOINT!

Something missing (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415302)

Now they need to invent a flourescent spider which can weave a flourescent web that says "SOME PIG" in flourescent letters.

Re:Something missing (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415590)

Genetically Modified Animal Farm. Four legs and glowing good, two legs bad.

FINALLY! (1)

EvilCabbage (589836) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415430)

I can eat my breakfast in the dark!

Thanks China!

I, for one, (1)

Rick Genter (315800) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415462)

welcome our flourescent green porcine overlords.

(Sorry, I couldn't resist....and it is one of the cooler "overlord" sayings possible for the last few months.)

I want one... (1)

SumoRoti (1000740) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415508)

Hi Dr Chinese,
Can I choose the color ? I would like my pig to be blue like my own jedi laser sabre. Do you accept paypal or pigpay? Can you send it by letter mail to France ? Actually, I need it to enlighten my door when I am completely drunk and I can't see the lock when I come back home like tonight after the New Year's Eve BDSM Fetish Party at Paris...
Regards,
Mutant Man

Call Marvel Comics (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415576)

It might make a good Superhero TM origin-story.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Pigs, the X-Pigs...

Green Eggs and Ham? (1)

mulhollandj (807571) | more than 7 years ago | (#17415762)

Is this where they get green ham from?

Re:Green Eggs and Ham? (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416346)

No, that's from my refrigerator. :-/

Obligatory Simpsons MisQuote... (1)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416004)

It's just a little green, it's still good, it's still good!...

What dumb idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17416068)

The Taiwanese Coast Guard will spot those miles away.

Get back to making fans that break in 12 months. It's what you do best. ;-)

Looks like something out of (1)

wallyhall (665610) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416178)

duke nukem

Science Fiction - Reality (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416308)

I swear, every year, more and more science fiction becomes fact as we push the boundaries. When I see news like this, I realize how every day the real world comes closer to the vision of authors like Douglas Adams.

Didn't anyone notice that..... (2, Informative)

Audacious (611811) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416310)

Didn't anyone notice that the paragraph said "mouth, trotters(feet), and tongue" were flourescent yet the entire pig was flourescent in the picture? This is more like a picture taken with a green light. Here is why:

What we call a black light doesn't make an area black - it causes things which are flourescent in nature to glow. White objects look purple, reds take on more of an orange glow, and greens really look saturated. Pigs are not the cleanest of creatures and biological refuse (such as blood, offal, urine, and such) glow under flourescent lights as well. Even the cleanest creature will glow somewhat due to the various substances which are brushed up against or contained within the skin. None of that shows up in the picture.

The picture is a circular area which shows the backs and tops of the pig's head, it's shoulders, and ears. None of which are the mouths, feet, or tongue. Had the picture had dim outlines of the pigs with their mouth's glowing and their feet glowing - it would have been believe-able. Because it would have matched what was said. But this picture does not.

Creepy (1)

cadeon (977561) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416670)

That picture reminds me of certain enemys in DOOM 1. China's got rockets, all they have to do now is send them to Mars.

foot n mouth (1)

eneville (745111) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416674)

what a bright idea

cook in the dark? (1)

eneville (745111) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416764)

i do not like green ham and eggs!

It's like hunting scorpions (1)

joe_n_bloe (244407) | more than 7 years ago | (#17416816)

Maybe we can add a few flourescent sows to the breeding population in Hawaii and then it'll become easier to control them ....

OFN ! WELCOME TO LAST YEAR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17417212)

Re:OFN ! WELCOME TO LAST YEAR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17417264)

They're even using the year old picture of the fully fluorescent green Taiwanese pigs in the article.
Change the title to "Chinese almost successfully copy the Taiwanese fluorescent green pigs"~!
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