Glowing Bunnies (AKA not-so-fictional science fiction)

Writing sci-fi is fun. You get to imagine all sorts of crazy, bizarre concepts and characters and worlds. But you've got to be careful!

Make sure your fiction is actually, er, fiction. 

For example, wouldn't it be fun to have your character own a supersoft pet whose fur, I don't know, maybe glowed? And was adorable and smooshable and was vegan?

Well, that's not fiction.

In 2000, artist Eduardo Kac had an idea. With the help of geneticist Louis-Marie Houdebine, the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene from the jellyfish Aequoria victoria was inserted into the genome of a plain white bunny.

So take some of this:

Add some white bunny cells.

Guess what they got?

Alba, the glowing bunny! Click here for an actual photo
Remember this was in the year 2000!  Quite a while ago. So when you're writing your futuristic sci-fi novel, remember that science today may already be way ahead of what's going on in your creative mind. 

In other words,  Google "glowing bunny" before you write it down as pure fiction! 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They really made a glowing bunny? Why?
Maybe I do need to do a Google search for teleportation...

Old Kitty said...

I can't wait for everything Star Trek to come true!! Apart from the Klingon wars etc of course! LOL! Oh hang on - I had some genuine Romulan Ale in my last trekker convention...!


Take care

Jai Joshi said...

Lydia, that poor bunny! No way it'd make it on the outside. They got it caged for life if it doesn't want to be eaten.

This post made me laugh. Science has come forward in ways we don't even realise.


Connie Keller said...

I'd forgotten about the glowing bunny. But now that you mention it, I remember. Truth is as strange as sci-fi. :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

I'm still waiting for my world to catch up with The Jetsons.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

The great thing about the "glowing bunny" dilemma is that if readers know it has been done for real, they will think you an expert in science when you were actually clueless. Always good to be mistaken for greatness!

Catherine Stine said...

I've been totally into the "art" of E Kak for years! He is very cool.