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A team of crack Japanese boffins has at last achieved one of humanity's most important scientific goals - namely, the creation of small monkeys which glow green when exposed to ultraviolet light. Unsatisfactory one-off fluorescent primates had been created previously, but the new, cutting-edge fluoro-monkeys' abilities are …

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May I be the 1st/2nd/3rd to say...

Without pictures, this artical is useless.

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Ooh-err missus

Eh luv, wanna see my pocket monkey?

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pros and cons

Bit more hairy than your average supermodel, but the pocket size feature might come in handy.

How good are they at throwing stuff around?

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Glow in the dark monkeys!!

Cooool.. now if they get them to glow enough could they be used as energy efficient lighting ?

Would love to see people driving round using monkeys as car headlights (bit of a bugger when one of them decides to peel a banana tho!).

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Monkey Butlers!

As Frankie Boyle would say, these are useless unless they can carry a tray of drinks...

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Playing God

My views on vivisection and related issues are mixed but, "Hey, we've made them glow in the dark, now we can give them Parkinson's", does sound less than delightful.

But never mind, as long as we get something out of it, it doesn't matter what degree of suffering is caused.

Mine's the fake fur.

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Screw the animal right activ ... er ... terrorists!

"Regardless of how much the researchers try to force a nonhuman primate to have features of human beings, numerous, significant and inexorable species differences will ultimately negate the biomedical utility of any research done on them."

So I'd suggest these plonkers put their body where their mouths are and volunteer, after all, if anyone, they can help overcome these "numerous, significant and inexorable species differences" - oh wait, that's right, they're just a bunch of attention-whoring hypocrites on a moral crusade.

Idiots like that should be cleansed from the genepool - under scientific observation so that the hypocrisy gene can be excised as soon as possible ....

Anon/black helicopter, because I don't want the family of my friends' friends terrorized by a bunch of rabid loonies ...

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Marmosetzilla returns ?

I am sure even the 20 cm version would be plenty good at making a big mess, fast...

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At last...

The Evil Monkey that lives in my closet will not be able to sneak up on me in the dark, although, seeing that glow moving around may be a bit more disturbing...

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Bailey is and idiot

Her statement makes no sense. We're not testing pharmaceuticals. This is to improve our understanding of genetics.

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I know why they did this, but ...

It's easy to test and see if the gene has been expressed in the monkeys and their offspring.So they want to prove the technology.

But I'm with the BUAV on this one, seems a bit cruel and pointless. They're living thinking creatures - I might feel guiltily ok about research on AIDS. But this is just wrong.

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Photos!

Where are the photos?!

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Jellyfish

Can the Cnidarian experts at the Reg's Defence and Ooze desk tell us if these are the much feared IMMORTAL jellyfish?

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Unintended Consequences

What happens if one of these escapes back into the wild? After a few generations (not long), the jungle will be full of glowing marmosets!

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Where can I...

so where can I buy one of these?

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Unintended Consequences? Darwin rules!

"After a few generations (not long), the jungle will be full of glowing marmosets!"

No it won't. I can't help thinking that Darwinian natural selection will tend to select against glowing marmosets - if they glow in the dark, they are easily caught and eaten.

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Japanese Glow Monkeys

Tell me they have blue hair. (You gotta have blue hair.)

As for the anti-vivisectionists, perhaps they'd like to google the name "Thalidomide" to see why tests are done on animals. (Personally, I think we should do the tests on political activists, but I understand that rats and marmosets are much closer to humans.)

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This has been previously covered

http://www.cracked.com/article_15801_p2.html

"The researchers justify continuation of these experiments with a lot of fancy talk about tracking the genetic markers and learning how to create stable, transgenic monkeys for future experiments. But, in the end we all know that, like us, they really only wanted to throw decadent and hilarious monkey raves. "

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Glowing...but not

I dont get how these creatures are described as 'glowing' but they only glow under UV light...bloody useless! We need the nightlight monkeys and we need them now.

Admittedly they could be useful for working in nightclubs as glowing waiters.

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@ Martin

Darwin Rules might work the other way round.....

"small monkeys which glow green when exposed to ultraviolet light." might end up creating scary predators which emit ultraviolet light in order to catch the small creatures!

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@ Unintended consequences

With a background in evolutionary biology more than genetics, I can say we really wouldn't have to worry about this gene being spread around in the wild - monkey eating creatures will soon solve the problem with a diet of easy-to-find tasty primate kebabs.

If humans had had a glow in the dark gene, it would have been similarly removed from our genetic makeup by keen-eyed sabre-tooth tigers a long time ago!

I don't think this is cruel. I just want to know where I can get one - but I'd prefer a blue glow to green.

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it's just the begining....

it seems a bit like the start of the Hulk movie, next they'll be splicing the monkeys with startfish to give them regeneration abilities and so on

so cool!

i for one welcome our glow-in-the-dark primate overlords

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Woo big long scary words

Inexorable? Vivisection? What does it all mean?

I for one would welcome our new easy-to-hunt dayglo prey animals. Mmm delicious juicy marmoset.

Ketchup on standby.

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Hmm

Where will this end, next thing you know they will be crossing toads and hippopota-ALL GLORY TO THE HIPPOTOAD!

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More please!

Totally marketable, they will be in pet shops within 5 years.

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@Frank

No they won't. Can you imagine being a glowing marmoset and trying to hide from a predator?

Also the BUAV just need to shut the [flip] up. These animals are really quite similar to us, so why wouldn't they tell us about ourselves?

Actually, you know what? Lets create a glow in the dark Human instead! Yeah! That's much less likely to be 'morally reprehensible'.

Paris because I'm hoping she'd agree to help me with the subject's conception.

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Glowing Me?

Is it wrong that i want this?

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glowing monkeys?

I want my flying monkeys!

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Accessorise me!

So, do these hides glow after they've been tanned? Imagine the marketability of glowing leather accessories for the S&M industry. Spank that monkey with a ... well ... another monkey.

Paris: Spankings, monkeys, ... is it getting hot in here?

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@Mark Duncan

I once tried crossing a hippo and a toad. Not only didn't get any offspring, now everytime the toad sneezes, it turns inside out. :)

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

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Supermodel?

Hardly, unless it can drill you between the eyes with a mobe at 10 metres.

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What about all the mistakes along the way...

...like Brundell/Monkey and Monkey/Pod and the Inside-Out Monkey?

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Lets clear some things up....

The monkey does not glow in the dark - it glows when shone with UV light.

Only if the predators could see in UV, and had a UV light to shine on the monkey would it be more visible.

Valid concerns about this are certainly that they could get into the wild, spark new genetic diseases etc.

The overall benefit should out weigh the costs and risks if the scientists conducting this study are smart and not cruel to the poor animals.

Being able to glow in UV allows us to "see" organs, tissue, and body systems literally in a new light. It may make it easier to see the cause of some problems, and the effects of some solutions and medicine.

The are also able to study gene splicing and manipulation (surely the wave of the future).

So maybe they can try to harness the regenerative properties of starfish, and find a way to add them to our COLLECTIVE!!

Oh my, we should be careful that we don't become the BORG!

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constructive criticism? we've heard of it

I'm still waiting for anti-vivisectionist and anti-animal-testing to propose a viable alternative. What I don't understand is whether they'd prefer new medicines to get used on humans before we even know what they do, or not to be developed at all.

And the point about biological differences invalidating animal tests is near the top of the list of biggest piles of bullshit ever spouted. If that was true, we wouldn't be doing animal tests, duh.

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@Rob Dobs

Sorry you are greatly mislead. We have been tagging GFP to proteins in tissue cultures for literally years so that we can see how the proteins interact using confocal microscopy, this is a boring everyday tech.

For years we have also been either deleting genes in mice or fruit flies or adding in new or mutated genes that mimic deleted, duplicated or mutated genes in various human disease states. These are then termed "transgenic organisms"

The importance of this is that these were the first transgenic primates, and as such make a much better system to model human disease states using transgene technology. The GFP was merely used to prove that an arbitary gene had succesfully been inserted into the genome of the organism as proof of concept, the fact that it glows has no other significance whatsoever, none whatsoever.

Apart from a nice new model organism, this is just very old technology being applied to a new species and frankly we should be cynical of all the hype that the media stir up whenever this is done. (it was done in mice and rabbits10 years ago, google "Alba the GFP bunny".

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