The problem with the fluorescent pig is that now everybody is going to want one. Maybe not a pig, exactly. But a glow-in-the-dark Irish setter or a neon cat.

Who is going to settle for a regular pet when they can have one that literally lights up their life?

The good thing, of course, is that the nation's energy bill will go down. People will read by the light of their pets. Tiki lights at backyard summer parties will be replaced by Rover's illumination.

When I first heard about the fluorescent pig, I thought it was a jazz club.

But, no, it is an actual pig, and it is actually fluorescent.

Medical science, you may have read, has gone and lit up a swine.

Your natural first question is, "So, what color is the pig?"

The pig is green.

Personally, I think green is an excellent color for a fluorescent pig.

Green stands out in a crowd without causing a panic. Plus, as everybody knows, space aliens - the friendly ones - are green. So, most people, when they see a green fluorescent pig, will probably just think it's a friendly space alien and try to make friends with it.

Researchers in Taiwan developed the illuminated pig, and they burst their buttons at the accomplishment. "There are partially fluorescent-green pigs elsewhere," says Wu Shinn-Chih, a professor at the National Taiwan University. "But ours are the only ones in the world that are green from inside out. Even their hearts and internal organs are green."

The pigs are what is known in scientific­ lingo as transgenic, which means they were created by injecting genetic material from another species (a jellyfish, in this case) into a pig embryo. Researchers say they made the iridescent porker to advance medical science. Apparently, the pig's genetic material encodes … zzz. Sorry. Must have dozed off.