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Old 24-06-2015, 09:46 AM   #51682
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Disturbing story we may see more from, whether it makes the NEWS or not:

Lamb with jellyfish gene 'may have been deliberately sent to abattoir'

A lamb born with a jellyfish gene was mistakenly sold for human consumption and probably ended up on someone’s plate, French authorities have said. A dispute between researchers at a highly respected national institute may have been the cause of the animal being deliberately sent to the abattoir last year. Police have now been called in and an inquiry launched into how the lamb could have been passed as fit for human consumption.

Le Parisien newspaper reported that the animal’s mother was a sheep called Emeraude whose DNA had been modified to include a jellyfish gene called Green Fluorescent Protein by researchers at the National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) in Paris. Her lamb, Rubis, was born with the gene in the spring of 2014. Although produced for research purposes, Rubis was allegedly deliberately mixed with several other lambs that had not been genetically modified and sent to an abattoir.

The president of the INRA, BenoĆ®t Malpaux, described the apparently “malicious act” as unacceptable, but was quick to reassure the public that there was no risk to humans. “The consumption of this meat presents no risk for the health for the consumer,” he said. “We are sure that individual acts that are unacceptable were committed … followed by a chain of errors and responsibilities within the hierarchy.”

In what could have been the plot of a science fiction film, Emeraude and Rubis were reportedly part of a programme called Green Sheep launched in 2009, aimed at carrying out experiments on mammals for “therapeutic research”. The jellyfish protein was reportedly introduced into the sheep to make their skin transparent and enable researchers to “visualise and study heart transplants”.
This story evolved overnight.

French authorities are looking into how a lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein was sold as meat to an unknown
customer and almost certainly eaten.

According to a report in Le Parisien newspaper, the lamb — named “Ruby”(Rubis in French) — was genetically altered with a jellyfish protein known as GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein) that gives the animal a fluorescent colour.
The GREEN lamb named RUBY. (Like Red/Green colorblindness.) Something definitely to do with perception there.

So let's hope we're not all glowing in a few years.

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