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Scientists create glowing plants

Posted on Sunday, 5 May, 2013 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Plants that glow as bright as a conventional lamp could one day illuminate our streets and homes.

Attempts to create luminous plants have been going on for decades. In Taiwan two years ago a group of scientists enjoyed limited success by implanting glowing gold nanoparticles in to a species of aquatic plant. Another team at the State University of New York also managed to make a plant glow, however neither attempt produced the necessary luminosity to replace conventional lighting.

Now however three researchers working on a new endeavour known as the "Glowing Plant project" are hoping to improve on previous experiments by employing improved DNA sequencing and printing. The team is using a protein called luciferase which can be broken down to generate light in a process that is so efficient that it produces hardly any heat at all.

"In a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie set, scientists are working on engineering plants that glow as brightly as your typical household lamp."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by shrooma on 6 May, 2013, 9:57
. strange place to be in really. most people scream bloody murder when they hear the words 'Genetically Modified', but it all seems to go out of the window when the trendysomethings realise they can buy them at ikea for a fiver a pop, and use them to impress the joneses.....
Comment icon #11 Posted by mfrmboy on 6 May, 2013, 14:49
What about eating them ?
Comment icon #12 Posted by third_eye on 6 May, 2013, 15:32
it'll will not give you glowing skin, mebbe glowing poo ... turn off the toilet light to be sure
Comment icon #13 Posted by shrooma on 6 May, 2013, 15:35
. I just posted something to that effect third eye, but it seems to have disappeared! :-(
Comment icon #14 Posted by third_eye on 6 May, 2013, 15:39
You've been distracted by the other 'thread' I presume ....
Comment icon #15 Posted by mfrmboy on 6 May, 2013, 19:12
Glowing urin would be cool aiming in the dark would be alot easier !
Comment icon #16 Posted by shrooma on 6 May, 2013, 22:08
. honestly, it was there, I saw it! i'll repost it, and see if it disappears again.....
Comment icon #17 Posted by shrooma on 6 May, 2013, 22:11
. you'd certainly know when you'd finished wiping your ass if you took a dump in the dark if you did! :-)
Comment icon #18 Posted by third_eye on 6 May, 2013, 23:05
alright ... that's about enough of the glowing bodily functions ... lets get back to that glowing plant ////
Comment icon #19 Posted by rustygh on 7 May, 2013, 6:42
As far as $ goes. I'll buy a glow plant the day they live 3 to 6 months and give some good light. Until then I give my best wishes

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