Sometimes science is used for good. Sometimes science is used for evil. Depending on the depth of your love for bacon, it may be difficult to tell whether the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium is Batman or Bane in this scenario: an international team of researchers has sequenced all of the DNA in a female pig and can now engineer tastier piggies. Of course, animal breeders have long bred all types of livestock for their version of the “ideal” animal; the main concern of this pig DNA project will create healthier pigs. But sciences are also saying it’s possible to toy with the tenderness and fat content of the pig’s meat, as well as the color. I, for one, never conceived that bacon could possibly be more yummy. So I’ll go out on a limb here and ask if these porcine geneticists could try and make eating bacon as healthy as, say, kale. You can do it. I have faith in you, science! [NPR]
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A baby pig in northern China is hogging all the attention in his litter — mainly because he has two snouts.
The two-snouted pig was born in Deshengtang, Jilin province, northern China, and was named “Xiaobao,” which translates roughly into “Babe,” the name of the famous movie character, according to the West Australian.
These adorable little micro-piglets are bred to stay as tiny as possible for their entire lives. They are the newest pet of choice in England because they’re insanely cute, very affectionate, and as low-maintenance as cats. I want 20 of them. In my one-bedroom apartment. And no, I won’t name them all Wilbur. [CNN] Keep reading »
Do you have a really fashionable friend who wears perfect outfits and inspires you to buy shirts that are a little daring but immediately become your favorites? No? Well, Agathe can be yours, even though she lives in Norway. Agathe writes the blog StyleBytes. Every day she posts artsy photos of herself modeling her fabulous, gutsy outfits, and sometimes she even includes shots of her pet pig, Molvin. (Molvin? How much more freakin’ adorable could she get!) [StyleBytes] Keep reading »