Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Your purple cow will be ready in a moment


These are the first genetically modified pets, sold under the name GloFish. They are zebra fish tweaked with genes from other, exotically colored creatures such as jellyfish. The GloFish are fluorescent, and in a dark room will glow under ultraviolet light.

Genetically modified animals are now under various legal strictures -- the GloFish were developed earlier, and at least in the U.S. are still permitted under a sort of "grandfather clause." It's unlikely we'll actually see a purple cow, and I'd rather see than be one, but I thought the GloFish would be a cheering sight for those of you living under gray skies on this first day of '08. Happy New Year!



Pastorius said...

The purple cow is out of the bottle. There's no turning back.

Rick Darby said...

Hmm. Would a glow-in-the-dark purple cow be ultra-sacred in India, do you think?

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what a purple cow was because I am trying to find cool tropical community fish for my 20 Gallon tank. I dont want them to be huge or mean or cost a lot of money. I might go today again to look. The last time I was there I was looking at the glofish and I might get some.