I recently saw an article about scientists in Uruguay who have genetically modified sheep to make them glow in the dark. I wanted to say something about how happy this will make all the lonely shepherds still left in the world but at the risk of being a bit too racy or suggestive I went ahead and said it anyhow! There are probably not many shepherds left and I feel sure when it gets dark, they tend to keep their favorite ewe close at hand so who needs one that puts off light that would attract unwanted attention? So There is really no need for a glow-in-the-dark sheep.
I’ll bet you didn’t know scientists have also created glow-in-the-dark monkeys, zebrafish, cats, dogs, pigs, scorpions, worms, mice and more.
Think about it! Glow-in-the-dark worms would make excellent bait when night fishing for bream. Mice would be an easier catch for the cats. I’ve already mentioned in a Tweet that this is going to make it tough for a monkey to slip up on his girlfriend at night. It is going to be especially tough if the monkey is monkeying with another monkey’s monkey.
I like the potential advantages of glow-in-the-dark pets. Cats and dogs glowing in the dark might have great possibilities. You can see the dog when you get up to go to the bathroom. You will not fall over the cat when you go to the kitchen for a drink of water. You can see them if they are up to no good and you might possibly save money on chewed slippers. You’ll see them gnawing on your old bedroom shoes and your kicking target will be much more visible.
They say the genetically modified creatures will further the study of diseases like HIV and AIDS. Glow-in-the-dark cats have already been used in HIV and AIDS research. This is the good part but therein lies a problem.
My problem with all this is one of the lead researchers of the glow-in-the-dark sheep team made the following statement: The modification was done not out of medical research but the desire to, “fine-tune the technique.” Did they really produce a glow-in-the-dark sheep just for the hell of it?
I don’t know about you but that scares the hell out of me. How close is this old boy in Uruguay to “fine-tuning the technique” on poor unwitting fat boys like me. I can see all this girth glowing in the dark as I move around at night. I’m telling you it’s scary.
Think about waking up in the middle of the night and finding the love of your life glowing-in-the-dark! How will you turn the lights out? What will you do? Where will you sleep? I’m seriously thinking about the carport and the back seat of the car!