Alba Guestbook (2001)

how we so soon forget the classic tune by the Mills Brothers "Glowlittle glow worm, shine and glimmer... reading some of the e-notes sentto your site, i find it glowing with a sense of asctic impulse acting asa social will for an uncomfortible few. Keep strong your EXPRESSION INCREACTIVITY!
joseph santangelo <jSANTANGELO@WEBTV.NET>
binghamton, NY USA - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 05:58:19 (CST) 
so nice, refreshing, creative, Lively and most interesting. your creationsunravel the mini-histories of fashion, psychology, a splash of coduct betweenand within the sexes. My very Best wishes to you and yours. Enjoyable!
joseph santangelo <jSANTANGELO@WEBTV.NET>
binghamton, NY USA - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 05:16:08 (CST) 
After reading about your interesting artistic endeavor in my biologyclass, I found your idea to be astounding. I think that the implicationsof the entire idea is interesting. I do wonder if the other animals wouldnotice any difference or if they would interact with Alba like any otherbunny. I wish you luck with the bunny, and hope she has a nice home, withyou and the GFP K-9. I do think that genetic tampering could become a verydangerous tool, however, you did nothing wrong. You only made the bunnyglow under ultra-violet light. I don't see anything wrong with that! Ihope you luck in the future, and I hope the bunny keeps on glowing! :)
Jennifer Dornseif <>
Montgomery Village, MD USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 03:14:06(CST) 
dear bugs bunny, energizer bunny, and thunderbunny: witness the powerof the gfp bunny!
the philosopher
USA - Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 18:21:36 (CST)
I think that Alba should go home. It should also be noted that I wanta glow-in-the-blue-light bunny also. As soon as they become commerciallyavailable, I will purchase one regardless of price.
Cameron Siggs <>
Gainesville, FL USA - Friday, December 07, 2001 at 01:38:50 (CST)

I love to molest little bunnies
Milly Vanilly <>
Franklin, Ma USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 08:47:17 (CST) 
I love the bunny. My students in biochemical engineering love the bunny.In fact, we really would like to house one here at SJSU. Believe it ornot, just showing a digital photograph of Alba is helpful as part of arecruiting tool. Any chance we could buy one? It would be a big help forour efforts to promote genetic engineering. Thanks for your consideration!
Claire Komives <>
San Jose, CA USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 15:28:24 (CST) 
I find your work challenging for the mind, I've been having brainstormsfor weeks. I hope you get Alba back.
Mladen Koncar <>
Zagreb, Croatia - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 17:58:44 (CST) 
i support yours engagement in setting alba free. i am an activist inyouth ngo in croatia named buka (noise). we publish the magazine AKT, andin the next issue we will gather some texts on subject: technology, genetic,art; among others we'll translate yours text "transgenic art". i consideryour work pretty important, and very connectable with the ideas of poststructuralistthinkers, such as foucault, for example. putting questions about the futureof mankind, about difference and relationship between animal and man, orman and machine is pretty subversive, just as your attempt to politicizescientific discourse, to undermine its omnipotence. with your art you foundan intelligent way to pose that questions, make people think and act. althoughi study literature, so im not so familiar with the scientific discuorse,im intersted in thihgs that happen on that field. awareness and responsibilityare the first things, i think, what a work such as yours should provoke.i didn' accept it as some funny art stuff, i still put some questions toit, wich leads me to look into future, and imagine it as an open fieldof possibilities.
branislav oblu?ar <>
bjelovar, croatia - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 10:12:56 (CST) 
bunny avenger
USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 07:41:57 (CST)

Hi Mr. Kac, I am Nithya a student from Shrewsbury High School inMassachusetts. I am doing a research project on animal mutations. Thisis when I stumbled upon your work with the white bunny. I found it amazingthat you could do or did such a thing. Yet, I'm still wondering what exactlygave you the idea? You did something out of the ordinary. Would you callyour work a mutation or a mutant of its own species? Or could this be anotheranimal of its own? Is it possible to reproduce such animals? I was alsowondering what the purpose of this experiment was? I know that you lookedat it as a piece of art, which I found interesting, but was there any othersole purpose you had in mind? Thank you very much for reading this e-mail.I really found your work interesting, and I'm glad to know that you areproud of your work, from what I have read. Thank you very much.
Nithya <>
Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 13:15:10 (CST)

very interesting, a floro bunny would be great at a party! do youknow where i could get more flouro info from, i am an art student interestedin flour colours and need info for a semanar. Cheers lisa
lisa pickford <>
cannock, staffordshire uk - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 10:52:43(CST)

I have not
Gao <>
Shantou, Guangdong china - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 18:55:55(CST)
I wanna glow in the dark bunny now! Glad to see that people are usingGFP for something useful as oppose to all that protein tracking jazz. Nowthat you've got trangenic bunnies that glow, let's see if you can maketrangenic bunnies that produce an electric shock like an electric eel.We could wire them up to batteries and use them to power small electonics.Energizer bunnies for everyone.
Frank Herring <>
Canada - Monday, November 19, 2001 at 20:37:28 (CST) 
Alba should definetly be allowed to come home to you. I don't thinkyou did anything wrong at all. We(the world) need to put forth experimentsin genetic engineering and using artificial selection could help us tounderstand more about genetics and the great bioshpere that we live in.Having the rabbit at home would allow it to interact with an environmentand see how it copes with a the human species. Write back with your thoughtsto my email if you have time. I am interested to know what the turnoutis
Kevin McCreary <>
USA - Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 16:17:35 (CST) 
It is going too far to claim that the rabbit itself was "changed" -or that your personal diety has led you to claim great offense. Obviouslyonly the lightest alterations were made, to material that has only thebarest resemblance to the actual end-product of a living creature. Onemay well claim that a haircut does more to alter the "work" of Heaven,let alone the daily butchery that takes place in the name of those whoprofit from the superstitious beliefs of others.
Professor Fate <>
USA - Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 14:52:00 (CST) 
It is perfect work. Please send more information by usual mail Dr.BAVIN V.G. Dept. Biotechnology Res. Institute of Animal Genetics &Breeding Moscowscoje shosse, 55-A St. Petersburg- Pushkin 196600 RUSSIA
Dr. BAVIN V.G. <>
St. Petersburg-Pushkin, RUSSIA - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 07:38:14(CST) 
causa efectos secundarios?
alaska <>
barcelona, espa?ol - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 04:30:49 (CST) 
Àle causa efectos secundarios al conejo?
alaska <>
barcelona, espa?a - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 04:29:47 (CST) 
Art has always challenged society to think anew, so Eduardo Kac haspresented new ideas about what art is, can be, will be. Alba is lovely.She should be with the Kac family. I kindly ask that the French instituterelease her. Everyone wins if Alba lives with the Kac family.
Melody McCoy
Austin, TX USA - Monday, November 12, 2001 at 23:35:29 (CST) 
Please let Alba go home! She is so sweet and she deserves to be withMr. Kac! Please! :)
Brisbane, Australia - Monday, November 12, 2001 at 11:14:37 (CST)

I think that the bunny should go to it's rightful home. The Gov'tjust wants to unleash it's power over the people when ever they get thechance. Jealous that they didn't think of it first maybe?? I think thebunny shouldn't have been changed genetically-- If God wanted it to glowunder a Black Light, GOD would have put the protein in the bunny himself.Man likes to play the role of GOD sometimes, which is WRONG! -- But thenagain, where do we draw the line when it comes to progress in scientificresearch in finding ways for us to live longer, healthier lives??? GodBless ALMA and remember that Bad Things Happen To Bad People....And Vice-Versa.......Let GOD be the judge..... God Bless Everyone!!! God Bless the Familiesand Friends of those lost on 09.11.01. and I just wait for the day thatthose responsible, go before the JUDGE!!!
Joseph Mifsud <>
Pacific Palisades, CA USA - Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 02:00:48(CST)

tatjana marx <>
stade, german - Friday, November 09, 2001 at 15:52:02 (CST) 
Who loves Alba the most? Who will take care of her and appreciate herglow more? That is where she should be.
krista einspanier <>
durham, nc USA - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 13:25:42 (CST) 
reactionary bullshit
r. silva
chicago, il USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 06:10:33 (CST) 
informative webiste
Insurance Malaysia
Malaysia - Monday, November 05, 2001 at 10:53:40 (CST) 
As much as we would like to imagine a talking pet; dog, cat, tiny StuartLittle mouse or even a discoursing horse (a la Mister Ed), it is simplymore than the single speech gene that could create such a creature.
Professor Fate <>
USA - Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 20:24:13 (CST) 
This poor bunny Alba belongs at home. I don't necessarily agree thatthis whole event belongs in the category of art, but then - why not? Certainlythe governments of this planet do far worse to higher animals (us) on adaily basis, also in the name of "art", "commerce", or whatever they wantus to call them these days (hopefully not priest-kings) as we begin a newmillenium.
Mister Ed <>
USA - Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 14:59:46 (CST) 
Free Alba!
Monika Gyebnar <>
Hungary - Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 11:31:22 (CST) 
This all boils down to whether people should have "pets" at all, oreven tamper with creatures or life in general. On another note, now thatthe human "speech gene" has been discovered (FOXP2 - located at 7q31 inregion SPCH1, near common interspecies genes CAV1 and CAV2), why not startwork on a talking dog, cat and/or mouse?
Kevin Kirby <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, November 02, 2001 at 16:17:42 (CST) 
I only feel that Alba belongs to her home, everybody that know aboutthis history feel the same.
Andresa Ferreira <>
Bauru, SP Brazil - Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 10:44:37 (CST) 
The development of Alba was, from my understanding, to be knot justa cold impersonal genetics experiment but was to include her residing inthe Kac family as their beloved pet. Of course I do not know all the particularsbut I support the fact that this bunny should have a happy home with herrightful owners. Sincerely, Deirdre Egan
Deirdre Egan <>
Tempe, AZ USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 17:20:20 (CST) 
Props to those who challenge "normalcy" and revel in it! Controversyhas been and remains the essence of our existence, and I commend the creativityand ingenuity given to Alba.
Jess Ray <>
Evanston, IL USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 15:31:18 (CST) 
It is projects like alba which spark the thinking about subjects suchas this. The discussion and advanced theoretical work involved in thisactivity places Alba in a unique situation to challenge every individualto confront their opinions about all matters genetic. I support the effortsto release Alba!!
Dr. Joseph Mills <>
Evanston, IL USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 14:01:53 (CST)
I am not sure that I agree with genetic engineering for the sake of"art", but since Alba already exists, she must be appropriately loved andcared for, as should all members of the animal kingdom. As a veterinarian,this is something I devote my life to. Please allow her to be returnedto her home so she can live out her life with love and comfort.
Monica Silvers, DVM
USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 15:15:46 (CDT) 
I support Alba being openly shared with the public. Transgenic beingsare a part of our world, from the food we eat to the medicines we take.I don't think there is a risk of any kind of danger - especially comparedto transgenic plants which have already been approved as safe.
Keith Reynolds <>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 12:37:06 (CDT) 
what harm has been done is done, the animal should be able to liveout her life in peace.
Victoria Foster <>
valparaiso, IN USA - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 21:16:01 (CDT) 
Is genetically altering a bunny for artistic purposes any worse thangenetically engineering plants for greater profit margin? Let Alba comehome to a loving family that will take care of her. A life in a lab isn'tany benefit to the bunny.
Brian J. Kelly <>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 15:21:00 (CDT) 
Free the bunny!
Ian Coronado <>
Norman, ok USA - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 02:26:22 (CDT) 
Should she be the new poster bunny for the green party?
Mickey Carson <>
Denton, TX USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 11:19:10 (CDT) 
I think that Alba should be returned to you. The genetic modificationdoes not appear to harm the bunny and until somebody gives us some proofthat the bunny is being harmed all you critics just shut up and take itlike a man( or a woman).
Kyle Springer <>
Ft. Collins, Co USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 10:20:41 (CDT) 
LET ALBA COME HOME! She's the same as any other bunny, cute, loveable,and deserving of a real home! Just because she glows in blacklight doesntmake her different, or wrong, or mean she doesnt belong back at home. Notonly is it immoral to keep her away, it borders on Green-Flourescent-BunnyRacism!!!
Matt <>
FtCollins, CO USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 09:44:19 (CDT) 

Mr. Kac arranged to create this rabbit, Mr. Kac presumably paid forthe procedure, the procedures used are common in biological investigations,if not in art, the rabbit appears healthy as any other rabbit, and thereappears no legitimate reason for anyone, anywhere, to contest his rightsto own the rabbit. (Unless France has suddenly made rabbit ownership illegal!)
Charles Barnard <>
Menomonie, WI USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 22:06:13 (CDT)

Return Alba, please!
David Magila <>
Sao Paulo, Sp Brazil - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 21:05:42 (CDT)

WE LOVE FLUFFY...i mean....ALBA!!!! we think fluffy is a bettername for a florescent bunny though. Alba is very cool! yah. Can you mailus a bunny just like Alba? Why is she named Alba? We were fighting aboutit. Is it because she is albino? You might not want to mail her in an envolopethough... a box would be better. Signed, The coolest, most unstupidestfreshmen on the block.... p.s. We really aren't that stupid. :)
Meg H., Janet Z. and Amandamanda
Tempe, az USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 16:11:17 (CDT) 
I pee freely
IP Freely <>
pee pee, PP USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 16:01:14 (CDT) 
Sweet little Alba, I do hope you can come home. How inhumane it isthat you are not able to be with loved ones.
Portland, OR USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 15:19:29 (CDT) 
Is Alba going to being touring the US at any time in the near future?
I hope she can come home.
Good luck!
Mindy Gayle, Interactive Art Director,
Wed, 3 Oct 2001 10:43:35 -0700

I recently heard of your GFP Bunny, and I am delighted to know thatsuch work is going on. My name is Gabriel Whalen, I am a student of RecombinantGene Technology in Western New York. It has always been my dream to utilizedthe builiding block of life for the purpose of art. Would it be possiblefor you to send me any information regarding involvement in this fieldas a creator? Any information would be greatly appreciated. I would imagineyou are working with some group of scientists, but I was unclear as towhom.
Thank you for your time, best of luck in you travailes.
Gabriel A Whalen
Mon, 1 Oct 2001 19:35:15 -0400 

I have just met Alba and I am fascinated. The only pet I have wantedfor years is a white rabbit. I have recently taken a course in mediationand am now doing observations of senior mediators to become familiar withthis combination of science and art. What you are working with here isso stunningly obvious a need (the bringing into relationship what we haveignored or been ignorant of (same thing isn't it?)that I need some timeto re-read the material and create a new neuro-net to house it. Fab-You-lous.
Tari Parker <>
Onalaska, Wa USA - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 11:51:52 (CDT)

totally cool stuff, gfp bunny, my friend carl from micromusic.nettold me about a segment on the gfp bunny in a cheap german science tv-magazine.they reported this as a sensation, totally excited. appreciate this stuff,also i like heath bunting's, or superweed concept; myself,founded, now built, we do actions such as [V]ote-auction/,, and we did the press-statement hack ars electronica: prix-arsjury: "LINUX wins prix ars due to MICROSOFT INTERVENTION". currently, ubermorgenis thinking about a bio-project
Sat, 22 Sep 2001 00:58:05 +0200 
I have been a supporter of Alba for some time. I think that other peoplewho are on the fence about the issue may be won over if they know thatAlba doesn't glow all the time, just under blue light. I hope Alba willcome home soon.
I have been a huge fan of your work for some time. I am an artistin Minneapolis and professor at st. cloud state u. If you are ever in theneighborhood, stop by, I'll put you up if you need a place...
Patrick Holbrook <>
Mon, 3 Sep 2001 12:18:07 -0700 (PDT) 
It seems obvious that any problems someone might have with the gfpbunny project and the release of the rabbit in question to Edouardo Kachas to do with the use of the frightening technology involved. Technologywhich, we are all aware, is used far more frequently for the sole purposeof making money. I am not convinced that profit is a parameter that ensuresonly worthwhile experiments are conducted. People are right to questionthe merit of Edouardo Kac's artistic experiment with the gfp bunny. Itis time all the work in this field is thought about and decisions madeby the people as to what is appropriate, and what is not. Kac has madethe proper care of the rabbit for the entirity of its life part of theproject, and his project has allowed society to discuss this heady andfrightening topic from a new, previously unimagined angle. I would argueit does no harm either to the rabbit, or to society at large. Technologiesin this realm are moving ahead at such a great pace that the people ofearth will have to do some quick and creative thinking to ensure they areused wisely. Well done, Mr. Kac, thank you.
Lesley Provost <>
toronto, on canada - Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 16:10:56 (PDT) 

Mr. Kac has violated no laws and has done nothing inhumane or immoral;the only immorality here is that legal authorities have taken Alba, aninnocent animal, from a loving home to a clinical setting. There is nothingin Alba's genetic makeup that causes her or any other living being anypain or damage whatsoever. Mr. Kac clearly has great personal affectionfor her; she would certainly receive better treatment in the personal careof Mr. Kac, his family and friends, rather than that of an institution.
Len Rothbart
NY, NY USA - Friday, August 03, 2001 at 15:57:36 (PDT)

Alba is the prettiest bunny in the universe! She should come home!
Alissa Mower Clough <>
Hamden, CT USA - Monday, July 30, 2001 at 10:42:11 (PDT) 
let alba come home! i cannot begin to understand why she is being keptfrom her family in the first place.
alicia vilbaum <>
austin, tx USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 15:36:05 (PDT) 
I'm not entirely convinced that this creature exists at all. On thiswebsite, I see an apparently untouched picture of a man holding a normal-lookingwhite rabbit, and a very carefully trimmed image of a rabbit that appearsto be glowing green. Trimmed, perhaps, to hide the fact that the imagewas digitally re-colored? Anyone with the slightest amount of graphicalskill could easily take a photograph of a white rabbit and retouch it inPhotoshop or a similar program and produce a similar "glowing" rabbit image.If there really is such a creature as Alba, then certainly she should beallowed to live as a housepet rather than as a lab animal, but before Ican wholeheartedly side with your cause I will require more proof thana single image that I could have produced myself.
Nathan Rosen
Baltimore, MD USA - Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 14:08:51 (PDT) 
Yeah, but can it talk? Can it be trained to use modern weaponry? Canthe green pigmentation be adapted for use in jungle counter insurgencymissions (ie: as camoflage for a killer bunny)? But seriously...a glow-in-the-darkbunny? Are you sure you didn't make Alba just because you could? Did youreally *have* to make her in order to spark debate over the moral and philosophicalimplications of genetic engineering? Couldn't we have those debates *before*making a glowing bunny rabbit? Or is this just a publicity stunt to getfunding?
Frankenschteen <>
St Louis, MO USA - Friday, July 20, 2001 at 15:13:31 (PDT)
Hi Eduardo As you know... I support you and Alba. May you find togetherness!(Pending FDA/EPA approval.) I have no problem with the techniques of transgenesisbeing used for art production purposes. I do have an objection to the conceptof this being a Harmless Art. Why pretend that? The inserted gene is claimedto be harmless to Alba as an organism. This is an industry claim that Iseriously doubt. But, if the art of GFP Bunny is not Alba in Herself butinstead 'comprises her creation' including the techniques of InsertationalMutagenesis and you still want to claim that 'no harm was done' then letstake a closer look at the Protocols for a Transgenic Rabbit· Theycall for hormone treatments both for hyper-ovulation of the egg supplying(donor) rabbit -- mom(1) and hormone treatments for the psuedopregnantstate of the surrogate 'uterus' donor -- mom(2) and surgery on both sidesto collect the fertilized embryos from the fallopian tubes of mom(1) rabbitand to implant the GFP positive embryos into the surrogate uterus of themom(2) rabbit. This says nothing of the throwing away of the biohazardousÎleftoverâ embryos that didn't take the transgene properly.As a part of the process We also have to take into account the unnamedor numbered Brothers and Sisters of Alba who were possibly still born orborn with abnormalities due to the viral infection vectors, cytoplasmicbacterial infection bad laparascopic technique, or other natural causes.How many embryos were implanted? From which rabbit? Into which rabbit?How many lived? How many were tossed? Where are Alba's moms? Could youhave done this procedure, proudly, with your own hands? Let me be clear.I remind you that I support your actions, morally and artistically. andbelieve that Transgenic Art both the products and the processes are validas an art forms and as much needed commentaries on an industry of post/species-boundarybreeding technology. Unnecessary surgery Aesthetic breeding Even embryonicgene-play should and has be done by curious artists wielding their ownscalpels. But it does us all an injustice to white wash (or green glowwash) a bloody and meaty process. No art that uses the knife (even a knifefor hire) should claim that it is harmless. That is a grotesque affront.Could you to be a little more transparent or forthcoming When you reviewthe modern breeding procedures That went into the formation of Alba? Theysurely did cause some harm. Signing out until next time, A difficult fan,Adam Zaretsky Research Affiliate, MFA Arnold Demain Fermentation and IndustrialMicrobiology Laboratory Department of Biology Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology 68-223 Cambridge MA 02139 PS: I hope the nexttrangenic mammalian art piece is better documented. I mean the glowingbirth of a GFP Mammal will be a gorgeous event to capture on Digital Video!
Adam Zaretsky <>
Woodstock, NY USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 11:02:46 (PDT) 
interesantisimo trabajo el del se?or kac, del que ya tenia noticiasdesde hace un par de a?os gracias a un taller que hice en santander (espa?a)con andy deck. hace unos dias me llego la revista zehar, donde pude leerun trabajo que hablaba de alba y que inevitablemente me hizo recordar alse?or louis bec(a quien tuve el honor de conocer en bilbao en 1996 en unseminario) y sus criaturas de sintesis y sus magnificos trabajos sobrelenguajes de comunicacion entre ellos, basados en el lenguaje de comunicacionde los cefalopodos. por eso al leer en la web de eduardo kac (gracias alsoftware de traduccion) el nombre del se?or bec, me lleve una gran alegríapor ver que las personas cuyo trabajo me gusta estan trabajando juntas.claro que apoyo que alba se vaya a casa y que sea muy feliz. Pero no puedoevitar, a pesar de todos sus comentarios eticos, el sentir temor por estetipo de experimentos. con el sr. bec no tenia estos problemas pues todose resuelve en el campo de la vida e inteligencia artificial, pero aquiestamos hablando de la VIDA. al leer en la revista zehar (de san sebastian,espa?a) que en un futuro cualquier artista podria escribir su combinacionde genes, enviarlo a un laboratorio y recibir en su casa una probeta conel adn que &gtl l inventó para crear animales nuevos, me preguntoadonde podría llevar todo esto. de entrada a una desvalorzacionabsoluta de la vida al convertirla en algo manipulable a voluntad. no todoel mundo, se?or kac, tiene el nivel etico de que usted hace gala y queyo comparto. tal vez este sentimiento mio tenga que ver con que en europatodavia sentimos un respeto hacia la vida que tal vez en america se haperdido. esto constituye una absoluta desacralizacion de la vida, sin queesto tenga una connotacion religiosa, sino solo de respeto hacia algo tanesencial. no quiero ser antigua, negandome a experimentar en cualquiercampo, pero me pregunto que clase de monstruos acabaremos viendo de seguirpor este camino. y Àtendrían sentimientos estos monstruos?tendrían alma?. no puedo evitar recordar blade runner. Àtendríanalgun tipo de consciencia? se?or kac sé que usted cuidar? de albaen su casa magnificamente bien, y el experimento me parece fascinante,pero no puedo evitar sentir miedo. y yo no soy miedosa. a pesar de ellole deseo a usted lo mejor en sus investigaciones, de las que me gustaríaestar al tanto si es posible. un saludo. matusa barros.
matusa barros <>
vigo, galicia espana - Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 11:03:05 (PDT) 
Queremos a visita do coelho, no Centro de artes da UDESC em Florianopolis/SC
Sandra <>
Florianopolis, SC BR - Friday, July 13, 2001 at 15:51:03 (PDT) 
YES - Alba should be allowed to come home, Alba should be with herloving family. I support E. Kac's efforts to free Alba!
Lynn <>
Berkeley, CA USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 21:32:05 (PDT) 
somos todos j? t&gto o e desde sempre transmutados, coloridos empelos, e tons de pele em manchas e presos à lugares, afinal, porquenão o coelho, smart pet all of us stupit toys
bianca Scliar <>
florianópolis, sc brasil - Monday, July 09, 2001 at 18:25:55(PDT) 
alba go home!!
daniel rivera <>
mexico city, mexico - Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 10:34:39 (PDT)
to see how affectionate you were with alba leaves no doubt she deservesto be home. what the heck are they doing with her? let me know how thisturns out. thanks anita
anita mccreery <>
santa cruz, ca USA - Monday, June 25, 2001 at 18:38:51 (PDT) 
Please send Alba to her parents!
Lisa Williams <>
Kalamazoo, MI USA - Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 18:38:13 (PDT) 
You know, it really bothers me how people swarm all over a single animal'srights in a situation like this (and believe me, there are animals allover the place who are treated FAR, FAR worse) and then completely ignorelarger issues, like this turning into a big business without regard forall animals' rights as living things. I'm not a creationist, so I'm notbothered by people changing things away from "God's plan" or something...but even before genetic engineering, there were stories of people breedingand selling kittens that had a mutation so they were missing a bone intheir forelegs and had to hop around, "cutely", actually much like rabbits.Problem being, this must be extremely painful for all the animals thatwere bred that way. What if genetic engineering like this has psychologicalor mental effects that you can't see? What if it has obvious physical effectsthat buyers don't care about? Wow, really fuzzy rabbits are popular thisyear so let's genetically engineer one with REALLY long fur! Never mindthat the poor rabbits get too hot and die. You know, maybe if we createda dog without teeth we wouldn't have to worry about it biting people! Nowyou've got a new breed with great difficulty eating, and nobody cares.If genetic engineering for ART is accepted by the mainstream, things likeTHIS certainly will, too. There's a lot of potential to create animalsthat are born into a horrible existance, regardless of if they live ina lab or a home.
Woodinville, WA USA - Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 04:59:34 (PDT) 
There's a clear right and wrong here.
Milo Polte <>
Sunnyvale, CA USA - Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 19:15:46 (PDT) 
Je suis un etudiant en g&gtnénétique,j'adores ceque vous manipulé ci c'est dans le bien de la science,je suis pauvreen documentation sur les transgénique,je t'en pris ecrit moi
Abdallah Noreddine <>
Oran, alg Alg&gtririe - Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 16:28:13(PDT) 
Animal cruelty issues and the moral issues that genetic engineeringbrings up ASIDE... How can you call this ART? Seriously. All you did wastake the idea of transplanting one creature's DNA to another (scientistsdid the EXACT same thing with a jellyfish and a mouse that "you" did withAlba YEARS ago - back in 1997!). If you think that just doing somethingthat makes people react, in one way or another, is art, then maybe Albais art. But as far as I see it, you just copied someone else's idea.
Jason Foster <>
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 12:26:50 (PDT) 
Love the Idea, you must have worked so hard to make Alba a reality.Well Done. Will
William Hill <>
London, UK - Monday, June 18, 2001 at 11:40:46 (PDT) 
Diese Ausstellung finde ich sehr gelungen.
Bend Jollig
Duisburg, Germany - Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 06:14:15 (PDT) 
Es kann nur einen Hasen geben, und das ist der Schnuckelhase. Kannman Alba nicht klonen, ich h&gttttte gern so ein Nachttischlampe?
Babyhase <>
Muenchen, Germany - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 08:08:08 (PDT) 
Alba gu brath!
Steaphan Risnidh
Dun -deagh, Alba - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 04:36:38 (PDT) 
i rekon that this is one good step prompting discussion on the debateof GM. I personally agree and look forward to the time when you can buyglowing bunnies iin the shops! RABBITS RULE!!!!!!! (especially green ones)In my opinion, this is much less cruel to the aniaml than, for example,breeding with long hair, which obviously causes the animal distress.
ENGLAND_RULES!! - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 06:01:27 (PDT) 
ein kaninchen ist keine kunst, sondern ein lebendiges gesch& alba antje
Antje B. <>
DUISBURG, GERMANY - Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 10:12:37 (PDT) 
schmeckt fluoreszierend besser ????
USA - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 08:52:31 (PDT) 
frank <>
arnheim, niederlande deutschland - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 05:30:46(PDT) 
frank <>
arnheim, niederlande deutschland - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 05:28:57(PDT) 
Hello i love the bunny . do you love me i «m the cousin of thefamous and beauty jennifer lopez contact my homnepage
David Lopez <>
Gelsenkirchen, NW Germany - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 05:34:17(PDT) 
Shuuuuuuuuuu wassuuppppp visit my black music site
TalibKweli <>
Gelsenkirchen, NRW Germany - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 05:26:34(PDT) 
Nobody has the right, to hold an animal back.And if it«s theRabbit of Eduardo...The Institute makes bullsh...
Raphael Harbs <>
Hambrug, -- Germany - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 15:06:31 (PDT) 
bring the bunny back!
thomas <>
essen, nrw germany - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 07:15:10 (PDT) 
Is an artist allowed to use animals? Is he allowed to use human beings?Is he allowed to ab-use himself??As long as one ask these questions, ARTis not dead....
JohnF«Feldman <>
Germany - Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 08:59:32 (PDT) 
Freak <>
USA - Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 05:26:20 (PDT) 
Love ya!Love your site!
women in business
USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 17:04:00 (PDT) 
Count on my support Alba!Hope things change in this world for the goodof Human kind.
Jorge Colon <>
Orlando, fl USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 15:10:28 (PDT) 
You Rock! Let the Rabbit come home!
Steven Ryan <>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 01:47:15 (PDT) 
Let Alba come home! Alba isn't an "It" it's an animal! She deseversto live a life like any other rabbit! A rabbit has feelings too! I thinkwho ever thinks that Alba is an it or should stay at the lab probably camefrom hell! They are putting stress on the animal who needs to be loved!
Stephanie Engelke <>
Aliso Viejo, CA USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 00:11:08 (PDT) 
I love your site. We're in the process of building a science news siteto go along with our weekly science radio show "This Week in Science" on90.3 KDVS UC Davis, CA ( Hopefully it will be as informativeas yours!
science news
USA - Friday, May 25, 2001 at 13:16:07 (PDT) 
Release Alba. No living being deserves to be poked and prodded justbecause he/she isn't "normal" by society's standards. Let her have a good,loving home, without being the center of all this debate. As for 'uninformedindividuals' duplicating this project and creating more transgenic animals...please point me to where us 'uninformed' people can get the materials neededat a low cost and the lab time... I've got a cat I'd like to see glow blue...keep me from tripping over him in the night.
Michael Babcock
USA - Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 05:33:09 (PDT) 
I think Eduardo's emphasis on the socialisation and experience of transenicanimals are whatis needed to preserve their rights in the face of commercialpressures that would use them merely as objects. If we are to use transgenics,Eduardo's approach is the way to go.Alba needs a nice family! Give herto Eduardo Kac!
Sydney, - Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 02:16:47 (PDT) 
Ich finde die aktion vom alba eigentlich sehr gelungen, aber trotzdeminterresiert sie mich nicht alzusehr. aber ich w&gtnsnsche ihm sehrviel erfolg und hoffe das er sich behaupten kann.
USA - Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 05:56:07 (PDT) 
Hallo , ich kenne diesen Alba nicht also kann ich auch nix wirklichgar NIX dazu sagen !! Aber Trotzdem an alle einen schönen Gruss !!
Stefan Puppy
Germany - Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 05:54:20 (PDT) 
Ich finde ALBA sehr Sozialkritisch, er behandelt die wirklich wichtigenDinge !! I Love you !!!!! :O) :O(
Saskia Scheller <---------------------------------@ gmx de>
usa - Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 05:49:16 (PDT) 
Hallo erstmal, ich finde die Aktion von Alba sehr gelungen. Da siesehr viele wichtige Aspekte der Gesellschaft anspricht. 10000 Gummipunktean ihn !!!!!
Andreas Bachi <>
Germany - Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 05:44:27 (PDT) 
Ohne Bunny vorher gesehen zu haben ist es schwierig eine Meinung zu&gtusussern.Herzliche Grüsse Lisa
Lisa Opgenheim <>
essen, Germany - Sunday, May 20, 2001 at 10:14:58 (PDT) 
Os artistas brasileiros est&gto o orgulhosos pelo sucesso de Alba.Queela seja o primeiro dos muitos animais transgênicos que serãocriados por artistas-cientistas.Congratulações!
Bianca Lemos <>
Juiz de Fora, MG Brasil - Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 13:03:59 (PDT) 
Why didn't you do this with your own daughter. This is real sick. Poorbunny. You and no one else has the right to do this to any living creature.
Chapel Hill, NC USA - Monday, May 14, 2001 at 02:43:57 (PDT) 
I really think that Alba should come home quickly!! His father mustmiss her a lot!It is a crime to take a baby of it's family, isn't it?Sincerely,Nina
Nina Velasco e Cruz <>
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil - Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 11:38:41 (PDT) 
A wide range of opinions and emotions are expressed on this page, manyof them angry and hateful. Most of these 'arguments' suggest that Albais a crime against nature and/or God, yet these reactions are nearly allknee-jerk responses from uninformed and frightened people, scared of whatthey do not understand. A natural enough reaction to the unknown, but amore mature response is to educate yourself before laying blame and makinghateful statements. Violence often begins with misunderstanding.Good luckKac, and thank you for stimulating this dialog.
San Francisco, CA USA - Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 19:05:23 (PDT) 
I suggest try it with yourself!.... I would like to see YOU shining....And after all I wan't to go out with you. Give me a call.Claudia Wissmann09.05.2001, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, germany
Claudia Wissmann
Duisburg, D Germany - Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 03:40:59 (PDT) 
Al diavolo la burocrazia! Un forte augurio di buon rientro.claudio
arcuri claudio <>
firenzw, italy - Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 14:12:35 (PDT) 
Alles gro§e Schei§e
Gusav Pillemann
Duisburg, USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 05:09:09 (PDT) 
Ich w&gtnsnschte die Wissenschaftler würden mit demselbenEnthusiasmus Wissenschaft F?R Menschen verfolgen, wie für den Profitihrer gnadenlosen Firmen.
Andreas Petrovitsch <>
Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 09:15:30 (PDT) 
Dear Alba,its a pity what men have thought they ought to do, what theycould do. I hope you have the chance to live a life a bunny is worth tolive for. My heart is up to you...
Andreas Petrovitsch <>
Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 09:13:00 (PDT) 
Free Alba now! Free Alba now! Free Alba now! Free Alba now!
Gonzalo Frasca <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Saturday, May 05, 2001 at 11:24:59 (PDT) 
Ich h&gttttte es schöner gefunden, wenn Sie ein rosa kaninchengezüchtet hätten.
Rosa Brand <>
Duisburg, Deutschland - Friday, May 04, 2001 at 07:56:29 (PDT) 
I am not yet sure what to think about alba's conception in the first,but a green rabbit obviously makes a nice pet to have around. I think youshould have it.
raquel tom?z <>
ghent, belgium - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 10:49:38 (PDT) 
BRISBANE, Q.L.D. AUSTRALIA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 23:43:54(PDT) 
Simply put; by the detention of the animal Alba; the full effect ofthe work cannot progress. It is a classical situation whereby an antagonistemblazons the meaning he/she is trying to disrupt by their own ignorance,on the mind of all observers, and unfortuantely the wise must simlpy standback and lament; yet at least they realize the growth of the meaning nevertheless,even through a sour process.
Abel Garcia <>
P.B.G., FL. USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 20:28:11 (PDT) 
NO WAY!!!!!!!.....I am not in support of your views on transgenic animalsand using them for art projects... your behavior is unacceptable as anartist and most of all as a human being....allowing Alba to come home withyou would only prompt other un-informed people to carry on with male
kim male <>
savannah, ga USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:05:33 (PDT) 
Alba is a living thing! She needs to be loved and be cuddled like anyother living animal!Rabbits have feelings too!She should be free, she didenough just to be born different!
Stephanie <>
AlisoViejo, CA USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 10:17:10 (PDT) 
Como &#142; fantastico saber que a Arte pode gerar tanta polemica,eainda mais de m?o dadas com a Ci&#144;ncia, sempre foi assim a históriatoda, o que &#142; engra&#141;ado &#142; que a opiniàopublica tamb&#142;m . Uma obra prima como a coelhinha Alba tem realmenteque provocar tanta polemica, gerar todas essas discuss?es,esse &#142;o sentido. Eduardo Kac, est? de parab&#142;ns e farei o que puder comoestudante de arte para levar esse discuss?o aonde puder.
francisco razzo <>
mogi das cruzes, SP brasil - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 15:12:10(PDT) 
Poor bunny :( it has been subjected to genetic tampering, which inturn will eventually be destroyed to further the knowledge of science.Even though Kac did nothing but offer the idea, and the scientists dideverything else, the bunny will be killed to donate it's zygotes unlessgiven (not returned) to Eduardo Kac. It is human to ask questions aboutthe unknown, but how human is it to play the role of God? Create and destroy,just for the simple amusement of a cheap frill? I wonder if Eduardo reallywants to take all the responsibility from this poor bunnie's death, anddozens after it just for an insignificant aspect, glowing green under anultraviolet blue light.
James <>
USA - Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 00:21:30 (PDT) 
The idea was from E. Kac, Alba must be in home, laboratory isn't ahome for any animal.
Mónica Mena <>
Quito, Ecuador - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 17:13:56 (PDT) 
Why flourescent? isn't this just another pointless mutation?
Caroline Parsons <>
Hastings, U.K - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 13:18:26 (PDT) 
Fuck Bunny... Fuck You... Fuck The Matrix!
bunny <>
ccc - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 16:09:10 (PDT) 
I think it's really sad how those miserable people won't give you yourbunny. It lewks so cute, and I'm sure you could give it a good home. ;) It's nice you want to lower the fear of genetic alteration/mutation.
Cassandra Cloud <>
Randallstown, MD USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 21:42:10 (PDT) 
It is a pity that Alba could not be allowed to enter her new home becausethe ongoing integration of Alba into human society would have been an importantexperiment in human/transgenic interactions, the results of which holdthe promise of great significance to all our futures.
Stephen Weston <>
USA - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 16:45:38 (PDT) 
very nice, Eduardo. I approve.
Ivan DeWolf <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 21:29:15 (PDT)
I would like to say I have no problem with this experiment. Now I'mnot an animal lover and I don't believe that animals have feelings andall this other crap, but I do understand what you guys are saying. AlsoI think God wants us to do this. If he didn't we would be punished severlyand would tell us it's wrong. I believe he wants us to know about everythingwe do and come to know about genetics. If he didn't want us to know it,he wouldn't let us. I also want to congratulate you on your success! Godbless
Annie <>
OR USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 17:12:15 (PDT) 
NY USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 13:08:44 (PDT) 
I agree to some degree with the work your doing. I understand the importanceand interest of creating dialoges between parties, something you do verywell. The bunny should be returned to its home (As long as your going tolook after it that is) but you should also take into account the problemsthat may occur if the bunny escaped you, and ran into the wild. Is thegene a dominant one? Could you start a new breed of Bunnies? and we donot know yet whether by changing this gene inpartivular you could be creatinga weakness somewhere else. Continue your intresting work, but please becareful.
Dan Efergan <>
Plymouth, Devon UK - Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 11:13:52 (PDT) 
As to ownership & title to the chattel rabbit, "Alba" (why not"Verde"?), who actually paid for the "commisioned" work? When my clientscommision a work, they pay my fee(s) & they own the work product &any associated intellectual property. There seems to be a bit of confusionof the differences between phosphorescence & luminescence. Far toomany seem to believe that this chimeric animal glows in the dark like alightning bug, when all it (maybe) does is fluoresce like a scorpion underUV. Publishing an unmodified color photograph taken under essentially monochromatic488 nM light would go a long way towards establishing credibility. If youwant a copy of an unmodified color photograph of a common South Texas scorpionfluorescing under UV, lemme know & I'll e-mail one to you. ALL scorpionsfluoresce yellow under UV. Feed a scorpion a few lightning bugs (especiallyif just the tips of the abdomens of several dozen lightning bugs)&it will luminesce as well for a few nights.
Karl W. Schweickardt, Jr. <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 14:20:44 (PDT) 
What can be done for humans? Specifically club goers who want to glowas they rave?
ed sibley <>
Penzance, UK - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 at 04:29:58 (PDT) 
G F P Bunny has home in our minds and hearts. G lowing in our conceptionsof humanity and animality F ounding answers for art and live P utting greenlight on the domestic new transgenic space.
Andres Burbano <>
Bogota, DC Colombia - Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 23:38:48 (PDT) 
Alba is a very special little bunny, so I would like to see it homeand free!!
Michelle Hoare <>
Canterbury, UK - Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 14:06:24 (PDT) 
It sounds to me like Alba would have a very loving home. I think ifsomeone went to the lengths they have there is no reason to doubt theywould do anything less then take prefect care of this rabbit. This rabbitis no danger to society. If this rabbit were in the wild there would noteven be a threat as I hardly think someone would be around shining bluelights on them to make the glow.Then once again I hardly think someonegoing to this much trouble would would set the rabbit free. Alba shouldbe freed to live with her rightful owners.
Lilith <>
Atlanta, Ga. USA - Monday, April 02, 2001 at 00:09:29 (PDT) 
Hi My names Jenny Nelson and I'm from a BBC website in Britain We are putting together a feature on The Alba bunnyand the ekac and I will be needing to use some of the images from the siteto go with it. We will be including links to your site so it will be greatpublicity.
Jennifer Nelson <>
london, Great Britain - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 06:18:06 (PST) 
hi, As a transgenic scientist working with EGFP and a bunny lover (Ihave 3 lops myself). It is obviously very exciting to hear about your bunny.However, I do have concern about the side effect of EGFP. Even though Itoy with God's creation alot, I only do it for medical purposes and notfor fun or art. Your rabbit could be suffering due to EGFP and he couldn'ttell you. So please, re-consider about continuing your art. Just as I won'tdo any unneccessary transgenic work. Thank you for your attention
Andrew Wong <>
Canada - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 15:07:57 (PST) 
Just another voice in support of your work. Did you have a choice ofcolours? Hope you get your bunny back.
Sarah O'Brien <>
Lancaster, England - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 12:08:01 (PST) 
One of Alba's greatest accomplishments, just in being alive, is asa vehicle to educate humanity on the potentials inherent in the genomicsciences. Her very existence calls clearly into focus the tremendous precipicethat humanity is on the brink of, where creatures unimagined potentiallyhave means to live and breathe among the rest of us. The other side ofthe equation is that gene splicing is nothing new. In evolutionary terms,these kinds of events are possible through the natural emissions of thesun's radiation, or naturally occurring radiation from earth itself...buton a more random basis. The difference here, however, is that Alba hasbeen customized; designed. What was once thought to be an accomplishmentonly capable by god, humanity now has the tools to evoke new life, wherelife did not exist before. That scares the fundamentalists, because theirbelief systems that they hold flawless have been shattered. Now their choiceis to either learn about this new facet of god, or reject it, and holdtheir hands up to the cathode ray tube for enlightenment, for direction,and donations...Science has often shaken the bastions of the establishment.Copernicus, Newton, Pepperberg have all been criticized for challengingthe parameters of acceptable idealism. But those boundaries turned outto be launching pads into realms of learning that have proved fundamentalto the sciences of the present day. Alba just happens to be todayâsmilestone along a continuum where humanity sheds her blinders in the undyinghope of seeing the universe more clearly.
Paul <pbouboutsis@mediaone.netq>
Chicago , IL USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 13:22:33 (PST) 
forget cows; bring the bunny back
john rininger <>
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 11:53:59 (PST) 
To Mr Kac: you have certainly suceeded in the the first part and gererateda remarkable social discourse about GM. I hope you suceeded in the secondpart and are able to bring Alba home. To all those who decry this as ahorribal misuse of science to alter life I have this to say. All breedsof dog are decended from a single species of wolf, we have such a variety(just compare a St Bernard and a Chauia) because of slective breeding,the slow form of genetic engineering. How cay you say what Mr Kac has doneis sick and twisted without acknolaging the same of all demestocated breedsof animals, indeed of the entire human civilation that would not exsistwithout our ansestors demestocating animals. We've been doing this sortof thing for thousands of years and we will continue to do so, GM willonly fast track it. Oh Yeah and LET THE BUNNY GO HOME!!
S Mason <>
Wollongong, NSW Australia - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 22:00:47 (PST)
Alba is E. Kac's brainchild, and terefore his own luminescent bunnyrabbit. Alba ROCKS! and alba is a living creature deserving of the Kacfamily's love.
jonathan s. dennison <>
deland, fl USA - Friday, March 16, 2001 at 14:21:42 (PST) 
i just discovered Kac's artwork and i must say this is the first timei find something really interesting in the contemporary creation, at leastthis artist doesn't spend his time thinking about himself like so manyof his collegues; congratulations and keep on working! and free Alba!
colombe <>
Strasbourg, FRANCE - Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 20:09:32 (PST) 
What about the other rabbits that were produced by this experiment,but are not expressing the desired "glowing" gene? Where is the concernfor their lives? I believe there were 2 other viable rabbits produced...What a wonderful star this Alba is that Kac fights so hard for her ANDher siblings...
USA - Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 17:16:58 (PST) 
I want a glow in the dark bunny too!!!!
andrew <>
toronto, ON canada - Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 11:28:23 (PST) 
i was lucky enough to be a student of eduardo's during his short stayat the university of kentucky in the mid 90's. a fellow student and friendof mine often speak fondly of eduardo and keep our eyes and ears wide open,hoping to learn of his next amazing accomplishment. i think this takesthe cake. send alba home!! eduardo's brilliance has stunned me once againand has opened another door with his transgenic work. nice to see someoneexpanding the boundaries.
john "kevin" powell <>
denver, co USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 21:22:56 (PST) 
Do not nake the dog if will out it life in a lab
Peter Loring <>
nYc, USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 01:00:33 (PST) 
As any other pet, Alba should be with the family that wants to careand love it. As an art/social landmark, Alba has to live with the Kac familyto make visible and know all the misconceptions we have about geneticallymodified beings and genetic engeneering. Above all, it should demonstratehow these "new" living beings can be harmfull or not, loved or not, bein society or not, have their own identity or not. We need Alba to contrastit to the general widespread idea of genetically altered beings as unidentifiedanimal mass production.
Gil Barros <>
- Friday, March 09, 2001 at 00:01:35 (PST) 
To whoever is preventing Alba from being released: SET ALBA FREE! Threeand a half years ago, I adopted a lab rabbit, a New Zealand white justlike Alba, and I cannot express the joy that his companionship brings me.Not many people realise that rabbits can be as close a companion as a dogor a cat. My Loppy has free run of the house. He is house-trained and heeven sleeps on the bed sometimes. He really, really loves me. Imagine hiseager excited face and his shining eyes as he follops up to greet me ,expecting a good old head-rub when I come home from work. Now think whathis life would be like if he was kept in a a cage in a laboratory. Thisis what Alba is facing. Boredom, loneliness, lack of stimulation, lackof exercise. Rabbits are social creatures, and need interaction with otherrabbits or other animals such as humans. They need to have exercise tokeep their muscles strong, and to keep their GI tract in good shape. Theyneed a varied environment to keep them mentally active. In the lab, Albais probably getting a diet of rabbit chow, instead of the fresh greensand hay that she needs. Alba is missing out on so much, yet Kac has somuch to offer her. He is waiting to take her home and give her everythingshe needs. Why not let her go? Bunnies only live for a short time, lessthan 10 years for a spoiled house-rabbit, even less for a cramped, cagedrabbit. She is wasting her life away in prison. Why not just cut the red-tapeand let this beautiful creature have a decent life. Smithers and Lopashunthe rabbit
Smithers <>
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 21:33:45 (PST) 
I think alba should be with that art guy cause he provides a nice homenot a science lab
Zak <>
windsor, ct USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 07:52:45 (PST) 
FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN - Thursday, March 01, 2001 at 01:21:26 (PST) 
I hope Alba gets to come home to the Kac family.
Honey Vizer <>
Eugene, or USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 16:46:07 (PST)
You bastard! How dare you play with nature like that! I hope you NEVERget Alba back!!!!!!
Laurel <>
Redding, CA USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 11:41:09 (PST) 
Where is Alba? I thought you had some ownership of her? Please clarify.Your project is of interest and your elucidation of issues well done. Dr.Kern
Diane Kern <>
Clayton, CA USA - Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at 12:13:55 (PST) 
I think, Alba should go home to the family. It would be to the bestof this rabbit.
Kamma Nielsen <>
¯lsted, Denmark - Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at 12:02:10 (PST) 
Hi Ed. I saw some of your work here in NYC, certainly is challengingand thought provoking. I think the rabbit was a good idea for a piece,but here's a far better one. You are married? Conceive your next childwith the GPF gene. This would avoid the problem of legal right to the offspring(they're yours of course) and of course the piece would have closure asyou'd be able to get a reaction from the child about how it feels aboutthe work. What do you think? K.
Sparky <>
USA - Monday, February 26, 2001 at 10:43:53 (PST) 
Alba should live in a loving, caring home, and not in any laboratory.
Mette Bergsaker <>
Bryne, Norway - Monday, February 19, 2001 at 20:40:53 (PST) 
Well done. I am a genetics student and its nice to see something morelightharted and accessible being done with the technology. As long as itdoesnt harm the rabbit it can't be bad. With vivisection etc still beingpracticed on animals and battery hens still being farmed how can anyoneobject to something which will probably give the rabbit more attentionand a better quality of life than many others of the species. Far moreappealing than Damien Hursts work with animals in formaldehyde!!!! A fairamount less strssfull for the art its self too i imagine! Keep it up andgood luck with the doggy :0)
Gareth Jenkins <>
Cardiff, UK - Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 11:59:24 (PST) 
Yours is a space I have been looking for.... Thank you.
Jon Jonson <>
Bristol, UK - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 10:46:19 (PST) 
Such a beautiful bunny as Alba deserves a good home with a loving familythat can fully appreciate all of her unique qualities.
jo steffens <>
Oakland, CA USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 22:57:10 (PST) 
I hereby want to express my concern for Alba's wellbeing and my supportfor her to come home
S. Clement <>
- Monday, February 05, 2001 at 22:30:54 (PST) 
Shame on you Mr. Kac. That rabbit does not belong to you. Althoughyou claim to be addressing the important issues regarding transgenic andother biotech created organisms, in fact you have no respect for the seriousimplications of this type of research. Scientists do not sit around alteringlife to make artwork commissions. Contrary to popular belief, alteringlife requires great humility on the part of the scientists, they do notalter it for the sake of art. If you want a green bunny, buy some hairdye.
USA - Monday, February 05, 2001 at 10:11:16 (PST) 
I think that Alba is wonderful and I wholeheartedly support her cominghome. In this day and age, when transgenic crops are pervasive and humancloning is imminent, we need more artists like Eduardo Kac, who make usrealize the significance of the cultural change underway. My point is thatthe current situation is not as simple as advocates and opponents of biotechwould want us to believe (good or bad). Kac's art is as complex as ourpresent condition, creating a new space for reflection and discussion.Hang in there Alba! We're waiting for you.
Gloria Parra < >
Mexico City, Mexico - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 11:28:12 (PST) 
You are all ass holes. The bunny is a living thing and it sure as helldoesnt desearve to be locked up while you do god knows what to it!! Letit go assholes!Stop trying to play God!
Nicki <>
USA - Saturday, February 03, 2001 at 14:37:46 (PST) 
Rabbits, like dogs or cats, need a home and the stimulation which thatenvironment (living with humans) brings to their lives. Rabbits are verysocial, respond to training and make very compatible house pets. Best ofluck to you! And have fun! Jenifer.
Jenifer Panter <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 15:36:13 (PST) 
Alba is a mutated lab thing. It is also lovable. the mutatedness doesno harm to it or it's owners. The owners love it, it loves the owners,I Don't see a problem
Ben Sanders
USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 12:06:18 (PST)
you are a sick shit
Ben Sanders
USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 12:04:17 (PST) 
Ben Sanders
USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 12:02:14 (PST) 
bunny bunny hi glowing in a greenish light please bunny come home ahaiku by mmcindoe
montgomery mcindoe <>
glen rock , nj USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 11:40:48 (PST) 
As a spinner of Angora and a keeper of Angora rabbits, I am intreguedby the possibility of spinning a yarn that would glow under black light.As a former Psychology major, it doesn't sound like you've harmed the rabbit,nor does it seem like the rabbit is potentially harmful to anyone. Whyshouldn't Alba be a pet?
Michele <>
Fremont, CA USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 13:13:42 (PST) 
I hate you, sick motherfucker!!
Hate You <>
Hateyouville, Nv USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 08:16:40 (PST) 
What possible good does it do to keep the bunny hostage?
margaret olin <>
chicago, il USA - Monday, January 29, 2001 at 11:42:26 (PST) 
Alba, sin duda es un hito en la historia del arte. El riesgo al actuarartisticamente sobre seres vivos es muy grande, pero hay que tener en cuentaque el espiritu del artista, su intuicion, su limpieza y buena voluntadnoson usuales. El resultado no es solo ese tierno conejillo fluorescentellamado Alba, sino que en la misma acción se incluye la responsabilidadsobre la vida futura de Alba y su encaje social como "ser arte" que es.
Albert Girós <>
Barcelona, spain - Monday, January 29, 2001 at 03:03:15 (PST) 
I express my support for Alba to come home. I enjoyed several Kac'sartwork.
German Trench <>
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 17:57:29 (PST)
I have a bunny who was a laboratory bun. I brought him home over 3years ago, and he now lives happily and comfortably, free roaming in ourhouse. He is a source of constant joy to me and my husband. He is partof our family, and we love him with all our hearts. He comminucates withus in his bunny way, and we find that we can understand him and he canunderstand us too. See for all the stuff about House Rabbits.Please let Alba leave the lab and come home to a loving family! A cageis no place for a bun. Let her have an enriched environment to exploreso that she can learn and space so that she can run and play. She willgrow into a wonderful companion! Kac already says that she is sweet andmellow. My Lopashun is feisty, bossy and domineering, but he is also fullof love and will snuggle against me for hours, crunching his teeth (purring)in response to deep massages and gentle stroking. RELEASE ALBA TO A LOVINGHOME! SHE DOESN'T BELONG IN THE LAB!
Smithers <>
San Diego, CA USA - Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 16:40:16 (PST) 
Dostoyvesky had once expressed the sentiment that animals would gladlywalk alongside men if men were more noble. Who put Alba in its cage inthe first place? We certainly owe Alba a good home.
Sharon Leong
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, January 26, 2001 at 21:31:00 (PST) 
Alba is a living creature and is not something to test exspecaily ifit is alive. How would you like it if someone did an experiment on youthen wanted to take it home and keep it. You people are low life and don'tdeserve any respect from anybody. Some day maybe not today, but somedayyou jerks will realize that what u did is work and you all are going torot in hell. I love animals with all my heart and it hurts so much to hearthat you would do STUPID experiments on a pour living bunny. you peopleare bastards! Vivien
Vivien <twetebirdy>
IL USA - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 21:05:36 (PST) 
You Bastard!!! your a freak!!! how can you experiment on a living creature,i hope you go down and burn to helll jessica
Jessica <>
sacramento, ca USA - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 15:59:02 (PST) 
I think Alba is an amazing thing. But what I think would be a cooldisplay is individual organs, grown with the GFP. If you can grow a brainstructure or muscle tissue laced with the GFP and displayed that, the reactionwould be mind numbing. I have a question I was wondering and hoping youcan respond on: If you took the GFP from a jelly fish and in the wild Organismsin the ocean emit an aray of colores, could you extract a protien causinga different color?
Krystle Czerwinski <>
Northlake, IL USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at 22:20:47 (PST) 
hello, I am currently doing a report on Alba at my school, I feel thereis no harm in taking it home, it does not harm anything, its just an ordinaryrabbit, it only glows when there is ultra violet light by it. so I giveyou my support and hope Alba comes home! Bye!
Suwat Tareelap <>
Schiller Park, IL USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at 20:35:00(PST) 
Please, just take care of her as if she was your own child
Nicki Blair <>
Tulsa, OK USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 15:27:52 (PST) 
Free Alba.
Ellen Claycomb <>
Tempe, AZ USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 13:00:07 (PST) 
Did you see what they did to the monkey? Andy is just a cheap copyof Alba... She came first and deserves top honors. Those damn primate copycats... Yeah, let's do cats now!
George Test <>
FL USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 10:33:02 (PST) 
Brilliant! Has changed how I think of Art and Science
James Briggs <>
MElbourne, VIC Australia - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 00:15:45(PST) 
Alba has to go to her family! Best, Peter Tomaz
Dobrila Peter Tomaz <>
Maribor, SI Slovenia - Monday, January 22, 2001 at 06:45:49 (PST) 
i belive what kac did was wrong! i believe NO ONE has the right toalter with nature! much less for a new fad. a long time ago people believedthat paintings (art) were not "art" if they were about people or naturebecause "art" is something YOU create and you didnt create people or nature,so kac's work seems useless to me unless maybe he created bunnies or jellyfish...? on the other hand i belive above anything else alba should notbe kept in a cage, or studied on any further and the lesser of two eveilswuld be to send alba home with kac and hopefully he will care for her responsibly.SEND ALBA HOME WITH KAC!
Veruca <>
Tampa, Fl USA - Sunday, January 21, 2001 at 22:50:45 (PST) 
I would just like to say that I was very interested in Alba. My Englishinstructor wanted us to look at this before our next class. I was surprisedthat you could do such things with a bunny and that someone took that muchintrest in it. I think that Alba should be free to go home. I think thatAlba deserves it.
Kimberly <>
Bowling Green, Ohio USA - Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 09:43:10(PST) 
To put it bluntly, Alba should be placed in an environment in whichshe receives a good home and adequate care, which E. Kac and family areall the more willing to do. I believe that too much emphasis is placedon the fact that Alba's genetic alterations are being considered as a decidingfactor for her future. In certain senses, animals have been "altered" forcenturies by human beings in terms of domesticating them for the convenienceof becoming household pets. As it is human nature to search out ways inwhich to please that innate sense for companionship, so we altercate oursurroundings and thus devise ways to make that companionship possible.The only thing E. Kac wishes to do for his pet (not art project) is toprovide Alba with a loving and caring environment, and what's wrong withthat?
katie <>
SF, CA USA - Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 00:42:24 (PST) 
The fact that Alba was borned from an artist original idea is poeticand has a lot of social implications. I would like to see Alba at Kac'shome, but it could be dangerous for the safety of cats and dogs in thecity of Chicago.
Andres Duque <>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 16:17:04 (PST) 
Send Alba to space where she belongs - with the rest of the mutantalien freaks.
Cholo Roboto
USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 13:17:47 (PST) 
Please let ALBA go home with Eduardo, so that she can become a 'normal'rabbit, keep up with your pioneering work. Eddie Neave
Eddie Neave <>
Newport, uk - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 09:56:07 (PST) 
The ethics of the creation of Alba is moot. No animal should be forcedto live in a tiny cage, isolated from contact with its own species or thatspecies with which it is familiar. It is cruel to keep Alba from the familyshe knows.
Eugene, OR USA - Friday, January 12, 2001 at 10:14:36 (PST) 
to uphold the principles of love and humanity and to create an understandingfor the compassion of all living beings, Alba must be allowed to come home
Zoe Dorelli <>
london, United Kingdom - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 16:21:37(PST) 
Alba deserves a good home, not a solitary laboratory cage in a sterileenvironment. Just because she has one extra gene shouldn't make her a freakof nature. On the contrary, the breeding of animals for specific traitshas been done for thousands of years without great controversy. Look atthe dachshund, bred to go into badger holes! Alba was created to show thescientific state that we are at in terms of genetic engineering and tocreate a forum for further discussion of its' risks and benefits.
Dan Hoppe <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 14:26:33 (PST) 
I would like you to explain why you feel it neccesary to express yourart though mutations. Why did you not inject the gene into a human, whowould at least have some say in the matter?
Katrina coins <>
London, England - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 12:38:46 (PST) 
I have known that this sort of thing was done for medical research.But I'm interested in the denial reaction of the scientific community whenit was done for art.
Bryan Kilgallin <>
Canberra, ACT Australia - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 04:47:30(PST) 
It's certainly interesting. What I'd like to know is why some peopleconsider this cruel, or make statements saying Alba will never be happy?While it's certainly a question whether or not we have a right to do this,Alba is that question posed in a neutral context - if you wish you cancontrive a situation in which this work will harm rabbits everywhere, butthat's exactly what it would be - contrived. At worst it's little worsethan the predominance of albino rabbits as pets. At best it offers a littleprotection from UV light (and if they're anything like cats, albino rabbitswill be prone to sunburn on their ears). As to the suggestion that Kachas messed with something that was perfect, that is pretty clearly notthe case. If we're willing to acknowledge all humans different, why notall rabbits? The religious question, whether or not God approves of thisis not one I'm certain I know the answer to. A vegetarian friend once askedme if the Bible said you could eat meat [1], does it say you can or cannotgenetically modify organisms [2]? Consider also please, that although Albais not a cure for cancer, there is a need for her existence to provokethis kind of discussion. Whether that existence should have been actualor hypothetical obviously makes this self referential art. By removingany benefits as well as (I hope and believe), any harm due to the alterations,Kac has prevented the question being a moral balancing act. There is nomoral tradeoff here, no talk of human lives being saved or animal sufferingreduced, which forces us to think about the rabbit's side of the equation.If only Alba could talk... Oh, and finally (and this is really a seperateissue, unless you believe Kac's actions show he wishes the rabbit harm),the cat's already out of the bag, therefore let the bunny go home too.[1] Yes, it does, but I'm sure someone will have managed to reinterpretthat, and differences of opinion are allowed also. [2] Obviously there'sno direct reference, which poses a bit of a problem.
Ian Malone (imalone) <>
UK - Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 19:09:33 (PST) 
Just let Alba go home. Why the heck do they want to keep it there,i mean what more can they do. Wash her. Oh no, don't think so. No. LetAlba go home.
Larvik, Norway - Tuesday, January 09, 2001 at 13:17:11 (PST) 
Please return Alba to her family, where she will receive humane careand affection.
Melanie Keister <>
Milpitas, CA USA - Tuesday, January 09, 2001 at 13:02:16 (PST) 
Fascinating concept - this is really interesting work. Most peopleI've spoken to do not believe that Alba does not suffer. Bring Alba home!
Ben Klaasen <>
dublin, ireland - Tuesday, January 09, 2001 at 07:47:02 (PST) 
In regards to Matt Wolejko's post, I wish to point out that other transgenicorganisms have been created with the GFP gene. Countless papers and reportshave been published on them, a whole industry has been generated aroundthis kind of research, and NONE of these organisms have been seen in public.If Matt thinks that the well-documented work of one artist in this areais a hoax based on the fact that the rabbit is still in the lab, then byconsequence he infers that the whole field of scientific research in thisarea is a hoax too. SO Matt may not have been aware of this fact -- andhere's another important aspect of Kac's contribution to social awarenessregarding biotechnology and culture. A few examples of other GFP-expressingcreatures can be seen here (larvae)and here (mouse).Regarding the fact that Alba is still at the French institute, I thinkMatt may have misunderstood and/or underestimated the complexity of thesituation, which is well documented in the many articles written aboutKac's GFP Bunny. It is very clear to me what is the nature of the problem.On the one hand, Kac sought to promote dialogue and make us think aboutmany implications of genetic engineering via the social introduction ofa new life form. On the other hand, an administrator at the French institutewith no consideration for art's social importance thought that allowingAlba to go to the artist's home might shift the focus away from "straightscience" and its current commercial orientation. I don't have a problem-- in principle -- with a body of scientific research generating a technologythat generates profit. How could anybody who has ever driven a car or flownin a plane? But I do see a real problem when administrators shield sciencefrom society, and as a result preclude other forms of inquiry, such asKac's, from being heard. Kac is a serious, very respected artist. The "GFPBunny" artwork is brilliant. Free Alba!
Lars M. F. Hanssen <>
Norway - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 22:17:36 (PST) 
I want a fluorescent bunny :) FREE ALBA
Trond Broks <>
Tromsø, Norway - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 05:42:24 (PST) 
Free Alba! :)
solveig antonia vestmo <>
Stjørdal, Nord Trøndelag Norway - Monday, January08, 2001 at 05:28:09 (PST)
Good luck getting your rabbit back, best wishes Hilde Maisey
Hilde Maisey <>
Oslo, Norway - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 05:13:45 (PST) 
Free Alba!!!!!
Janice <>
Norway - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 04:35:44 (PST)
Bring ALBA home! There`s no reason why ALBA shouldn`t come home. Sheneeds to be with her family and not be hidden away. ALBA belongs to Mr.Kac and his family where she will get attention and affection. FREE ALBA
nico von meyer <>
oslo, norway - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 04:04:25 (PST) 
I think you are really f***** up in yor head to mess with an innocentlife like that! Hope you never get that rabitt back! And please don´tto the same to a dog! F*** you!! from an animal and nature lover :) Don´tmess with things that are perfect from the beginning....they are createdthat way to stay that way!
Maren <>
Hamar, Norway - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 03:25:55 (PST) 
I think alba should be free
Brett Payne <>
reynoldsburg, oh USA - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 13:05:53 (PST) 
I started my reseach on the GFP Bunny as part of a scince project forschool. However, after reading and studying I too have come to love andcherish this unique and beautiful life form and I can only hope peoplesencouragment will help free Abla.
Gordon Walker <>
Cambridge, MA USA - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 11:38:06 (PST) 
Looks an awful lot like a hoax to me. Could we have some evidence thissupposed glowing bunny exists aside from an easily Photoshopped green picture?(See my website for an even more astounding transgenic artwork) My guessis that the rabbit never surfaces because there never was a glowing rabbit.I'm not saying it's impossible, but one would think that luminescence beingso apparent in something as complex as a rabbit would get some exposure,not be hidden away...
matt wolejko <>
fitchburg, ma USA - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 00:25:27 (PST)
I read about Alba in this week's New Scientist, and it seems very unfairthat Alba can't come and live with you. Hope you succeed, and I reallyenjoyed your Genesis work. Regards John
John Curran <>
Gloucestershire, England - Thursday, January 04, 2001 at 15:59:00(PST) 
alba sighting: color image of alba on refrigerator door at artist laurapaddock's house in los angeles.
sue joyce <>
glendora, ca USA - Thursday, January 04, 2001 at 11:16:19 (PST) 
Bring that Bunny home!! She needs to be with her family, best of luck
Jessica <>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 00:47:24 (PST) 
This will be one case where an 'experimental' animal can have a happyending! There's no reason why Alba shouldn't come home.
Denise Perrault <>
Quincy, MA USA - Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 08:39:58 (PST) 

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