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08/14/2013 12:10 pm ET Updated Aug 14, 2013

Glow-In-The-Dark Bunnies: Fluorescent Rabbits Born In Transgenic Experiment (VIDEO)

Are you having trouble keeping track of your pet rabbit in the wee hours of the night?

Well, fret no more, because a team of scientists from the University of Hawaii and two Turkish universities have bred the world's first litter of glow-in-the-dark bunnies, KITV reports.

Scientists accomplished this freaky feat by injecting fluorescent jellyfish proteins into eight rabbit embryos, according to Medical News Today.

Two of the eight Istanbul-born rabbits glow a neon green color under black light, while the other six are just your average bunnies. Researchers say all of the animals are healthy and that the glow-in-the-dark rabbits appear normal in daylight.

The purpose of the experiment was to observe how injected genetic material could affect the litter's biological make-up. The green fluorescent color acts as a marker so researchers can easily distinguish which animals were born with the injected gene, Dr. Stefen Moisyadi told KITV.

Longterm goals of this type of research would be to create cheaper medicines and advance the ways in which doctors combat genetic diseases.

The same team of scientists is anticipating the birth of a glow-in-the-dark lamb in November.

Their work builds on the cloning technology developed by Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, who cloned the first mouse in 1990 and later successfully transferred a jellyfish gene to a mouse, producing the first glow-in-the-dark mice.

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