A vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, and smaller ears and eyes. They’re what you might call field mice.
They look like this:
Pretty cute, yes (assuming you don’t mind rodents or do not persecute them)?
Well, science has found a way to make these cute creatures pretty awesome by making them glow in the dark.
Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, have successfully generated the first transgenic prairie voles, inserting glowing jellyfish genes were inserted into the genomes of these animals (don’t ask me how, it’s probably magic).
The jellyfish genes cause the jellyfish to produce a special green fluorescent protein that glows under the right conditions, and the prairie voles exhibited this glowing green protein too. Now they also glow under the proper conditions. What’s cooler is that this is a trait that they’ve passed on to their children.
Thanks to Gizmodo for the tip.