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12 January 2006 @ 04:12 pm
Science MLP  
You're drunk when you wake up, but the green pigs are totally for real.

Lyght? Chesh? Mal? Gui?  Would green pig cells actually be easier to detect than ordinary pig cells when doing genetic research?
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atelierlune on January 12th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Green pigs == really messed up.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 13th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Come on! REAL green ham!
atelierlune on January 13th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on January 13th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
The pigs have been transfected with GFP, which is a pretty common tool used in genetic experiments. The two reasons are 1: it is a lot easier to distinguish transfected cells in that instance, and it also gives you a way to measure your baseline of production of transfected protein, since GFP should theoretically be getting produced in roughly the same quantities as the other proteins that were stuck in at the same spot on the genome.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 13th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
That's what I was looking for. Thanks!
lyght on January 13th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, GFP is one of the really widely used marker proteins. Shine your near-UV light on it and get glowy cells. Wahoo! Science geeks have been suggesting all sorts of weird uses for this ever since it first started getting used in genetics.

People at work asked me one day if it were possible to make glow in the dark plants. This was the first thing I thought of (although technically only blacklight reactive...)
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 13th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
They have already made bioluminescent tobacco. But Wikipedia is a bitch and is not letting me see the page.
Doomutilitygeek on January 13th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I do not like it, Sam I Am.
I like not jellyfish-gened ham.
I will not eat it, though it grows.
I will not eat it 'cause it glows.
Not in the sea
Or as sushi
Not in a park
Or in the dark
I do not like it, Sam I Am.
I do not like jellyfish-gened ham.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Super Hobodiscoflamingo on January 13th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
I less than three your poetic power!
Epic Dudemorecake on January 13th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
I really hope you know someone called Cli now as well....

Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Killer Coding Ninja Monkeysdiscoflamingo on January 13th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
And I didn't get it until I stepped out of my car when I got to work.
Epic Dudemorecake on January 13th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Genius
It was almost too geeky to post, but an ex of mine would say 'graphical user interface?' in a Pavlovian fashion every time something was described as gooey, and the habit has rubbed off on me.