Popeye the sailor pig – Genetically modified spinach pork

Nablopomo – Plant

Popeye the Sailor Man pig - Baby hog dressed up in a sailor hat and anchor gloves

For a lot of the posts this month, I looked to my Google Reader for topics. I have a huge backlog of ideas saved there that I either want to make myself at some point or just want to post about. That pile of posts grows daily as I find more and more awesomeness created by other people.

So for example, today’s topic I just searched my reader for “plant” and voila, you magically get to hear about Popeye Pig!

Scientists in Japan have successfully created a pig with spinach genes! The idea is to make healthier pork. It’s the first time mammals have been spliced with plant genes. They scientists removed the spinach genes and implanted them into fertilized pig eggs, and then implanted these eggs into a surrogate pig.


The article there is from several months ago and at that time, it says that they started doing this 3 1/2 years ago and are just now reporting on it. I wonder what else they’re working on currently that we won’t hear about for another 4 years.


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