UH and Turkish scientists successfully produce green rabbitsUPDATED 7:21 PM HST Aug 08, 2013Video Transcript
Scientists tonight are going GAGA for Green... It's their new favorite color. A team of U-H and Turkish researchers have successfully produced a litter of flourescent green rabbits -- which may lead to a new way to produce medicines. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto reports from U-H Manoa. It's a medical breakthrough that has scientists "hopping" with excitement. This herd of rabbits was born last week in Istanbul, Turkey. In normal lighting, they look just like their white rabbit siblings. But when exposed to black light -- the pair of transgenic bunnies... glow a bright shade of green. 21:13 WE PUT EIGHT EGGS, EIGHT BABIES WERE BORN, 2 WERE TRANSGENIC, 25% EFFICIENCY. NOT BAD. 21:18 UH Manoa scientist, Dr. Stefan Moisyadi is the lead researcher who is furthering the cloning work developed by Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi... Best known for his green cloned mice. The glowing effect -- the result of a fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA, which was injected into the rabbit embryos in the lab. 22:03 AND WHAT WE DID WE CAN MAKE A BIGGER SLIGHTLY LARGER HOLE THAT ALLOWS US TO REGULATE THE AMOUNT OF DNA THAT WE PUT IN. 22:09 But the green color is not the important part. It's the green GENE. 18:12 IT'S JUST A MARKER TO SHOW THAT WE CAN TAKE A GENE THAT WAS NOT ORIGINALLY IN THE ANIMAL AND NOW EXISTS IN THE ANIMAL THAT EXPRESSES. 18:19 The goal is to eventually introduce beneficial genes to larger animals... And as the success rate increases... The end result could be cheaper, more efficient ways to make medicine. 18:26 LET'S SAY FOR SOME PATIENTS WHO SUFFER FROM HEMOPHILIA AND THEY NEED THE BLOOD CLOTTING ENZYMES IN THEIR BLOOD. 18:31 WE CAN MAKE THOSE ENZYMES a lot CHEAPER IN ANIMALS WITH BARRIER REACTIVES RATHER THAN A FACTORY THAT WILL COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BUILD. 18:38 Bunny births are just the beginning. Scientists are anxiously waiting to see green when the first transgenic lamb is born in November. Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News. The work on the transgenic animals is a collaboration between U-H and two universities in Turkey.