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October 08, 2005

New Urban Fad Afoot

OK, not really. This story made me think about those guys with the neon lights under their cars.

Scientists created mosquitoes with glow-in-the-dark testicles.

The team of researchers at Imperial College London has found a way to tell the sex of the mosquitoes - by genetically modifying them so that the males express a glowing protein in their testes. A laser beam then singles out the glowing larvae, which are then separated from the females.

The article says they separate and sterilize the males, then release them to mate fruitlessly with wild females. Presumably displacing the sperm of viable wild males and thus heading off the spread of malaria.

Still, can't you see some guys going for this? Wouldn't that be hot on the dance floor? Kilts would come back into vogue like crazy.

Thanks loads to Purple Avenger, who has been posting great comments here like crazy lately.

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posted by LauraW. at 11:09 PM

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