EGFP gives about two orders of magnitude greater fluorescence in mammalian cells (including human cells) than the original jellyfish gene .
The first phase of the "GFP Bunny" project was completed in February 2000 with the birth of "Alba" in Jouy-en-Josas, France.
The second phase is the ongoing debate, which started with the first public announcement of Alba's birth, in the context of the Planet Work conference, in San Francisco, on May 14, 2000.
The third phase will take place when the bunny comes home to Chicago, becoming part of my family and living with us from this point on.
GLOW IN THE FAMILY "Alba", the green fluorescent bunny, is an albino rabbit.
This means that, since she has no skin pigment, under ordinary environmental conditions she is completely white with pink eyes. She only glows when illuminated with the correct light.
This must be done with great care, with acknowledgment of the complex issues thus raised and, above all, with a commitment to respect, nurture, and love the life thus created.
It was not until the eighteenth century that selective breeding resulted in the Angora rabbit, which has a uniquely thick and beautiful wool coat.This was accomplished with the invaluable assistance of zoosystemician Louis Bec  and scientists Louis-Marie Houdebine and Patrick Prunet .Alba's name was chosen by consensus between my wife Ruth, my daughter Miriam, and myself.My apprehensive anticipation was replaced by joy and excitement.Alba -- the name given her by my wife, my daughter, and I -- was lovable and affectionate and an absolute delight to play with.