Alba, the fluorescent bunny
Once again Eduardo Kac uses his ingenuity to concoct a
strange artwork with a scientific twist, from petunias displaying human veins
to a green fluorescent bunny. The GFP, green fluorescent protein, bunny was originally albino. Now, when shined with blue light, Alba
glows a bright green light. Alba
was created with EGFP, an enhanced version of the gene found in Aequorea
Victoria jellyfish. When
introduced to mammalian cells, EGFP produces fluorescence two times brighter
than the original jellyfish gene.
However, Alba is specifically a transgenic art not created for the
purpose of breeding. She is to be
viewed as a piece of artwork, bio-artwork. I think that since that the right amounts of precautions were
used in modifying this bunny and she was not created for breeding purposes, it
is acceptable. Alba is living, biological artwork, just like the rest of nature.