“Doomsday seed bank” to be built on an Arctic island

“Norway is planning to build a “doomsday vault” inside a mountain on an Arctic island to hold a seed bank of all known varieties of the world’s crops… The Norwegian government will hollow out a cave on the ice-bound island of Spitsbergen to hold the seed bank.

“It will be designed to withstand global catastrophes like nuclear war or natural disasters that would destroy the planet’s sources of food… ‘What will go into the cave is a copy of all the material that is currently in collections [spread] all around the world’.”

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Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

Believe it or not, this is not a joke.

“Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark… They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.”

“The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo… The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island’s stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease.”

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