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Science Creates Plant That Can't Stop Growing

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In the comedy "Little Shop of Horrors," a carnivorous plant named Audrey Jr. grew nonstop by feasting on unsuspecting human beings. In a somewhat more benign development, researchers in Germany have developed tobacco plants that also can't stop growing.

Under normal conditions, the tobacco plant has a rather uninspiring lifespan. They grow for three or four months, according to Investor's Business Daily, reaching 6.5 feet (2 meters) in height at the most, while their older leaves turn yellow and fall off. After flowering, the plants die.

But researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) in Münster, Germany, have isolated the genetic switch that tells the tobacco plant to stop growing, flower and die. By suppressing that gene, the scientists have tricked the plants into growing like Jack's beanstalk — even the older leaves stay green and healthy.

http://www.livescience.com/26213-tobacco-plant-genetics.html

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More tea, Professor Frankenstein?

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Imagine a forest of trees that can't stop growing.

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They invented Kudzu?

I thought it was already invented?

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should make food more easy to grow and go around

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should make food more easy to grow and go around

Not likely.

Food depends on coming to seed to produce viable next generations and without the triggers to stop growing this is unlikely to happen.

Nature works the way it does for a reason.

Br Cornelius

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i wonder if potatos would become the size of footballs

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i wonder if potatos would become the size of footballs

Gee ! You'd have to bake that thing for hours to make a baked potato !

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I thought we already had a plant that didn't stop growing.. The Blackberry Bush. :cry:

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Maybe we are going to need a better weed killer for this.

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Great, we don't have enough to worry about in this sorry world.

Now a plant will take-over everything!

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I wish that they let it grow that big so we could built houses in it and on it. Like in Ice wind dale, great oak...or like Ewoks...or Squirrels.

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They invented Kudzu?

I thought it was already invented?

Exactly my thought!

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