Glowing sheep were bred in Uruguay

Genetic engineering celebrates another victory. The culprit this time was a group of scientists from the Uruguayan Institute of Animal Reproduction, who managed to breed a unique breed of sheep, whose wool acquired the ability to glow in the dark.

The secret of such an unusual effect is the introduction of genes of the jellyfish Aequarea into the gene pool of local sheep. As a result, their cells began to produce a special fluorescent protein that causes a glow in the dark. At the same time, in the daytime, firefly sheep are no different from their counterparts.

Interestingly, the creation of glowing sheep was not an end in itself. According to the project manager Alejo Menchak, the animals were taken out in order to test the efficiency and technical capabilities of the equipment at the institute.