So... Why Make Glowing Animals?
by Tiffany Citra '17
Sherlock Holmes in his signature style--and also, let's take a moment to appreciate his adorable smile [left], with his companion "bachelor" John Watson [right]. [image via]
Some of you are probably already familiar with the “science of deduction,” a term made famous by the ongoing BBC TV show Sherlock. Along with his partner John Watson, wearing his signature deerstalker and overcoat, this modern-day Sherlock Holmes roams the bustling streets of London trying to solve all sorts of crimes, from the elementary ones to the so-called “three-patch problems.” And because it has had too many fangirls’ Tumblr posts already, we think it’d be cool to show our love for this amazing TV show the not-so-mainstream way: by discussing the science behind it.
Remember the “Hounds of the Baskerville”—the second episode of the second season, in which the 9-year-old Kirsty Stapleton filed a case about her “vanishing glow-in-the-dark rabbit” Bluebell? Bluebell is an example of genetic manipulation, which is the new kid on the block in the realm of biotechnology. We have been hearing about all sorts of benefits it may bring, from curing cancer to designing babies. The question, then, is why do some scientists spend their research, funding, and time to make animals… glow?