Genetically Modified Lamb or "Another Story That Makes Me Glad I Gave Up Meat"
Breaking News: A genetically modified lamb (jellyfish DNA) was accidentally sold for slaughter and consumption. Yes, you read that correctly and no, this isn’t a joke or something out of science fiction. The Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has verified the allegedly malicious mishap and has authorities investigating, having suspended the supposed culprit. The jellyfish modification is:
…a green fluorescent protein (GFP), which gave it a bright color and made its skin transparent.
According to the INRA:
…the genetically modified lamb poses no health risk to humans…
“The lamb, named “Ruby,” was part of a “Green Sheep” research program at France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), where scientists used it to study the impacts of various implants used in people with heart failure.” As the title of this post indicates, it’s just another instance of overwhelming incompetence in a strange hybrid of agriculture and animal experimentation that makes me glad I don’t eat meat.
Article & image source: http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/23/8830069/lamb-fluorescent-jellyfish-dna-sold-france-inra