Glow in the dark plants?

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Glow in the dark plants?

Post by Panama Pete » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:48 pm

Been of work ill, and came across this on Discovery whilst watching Synthetic Biology. (yep been a long day) Its quite scary to be honest. They have crossed a sheep with a spider using a spiders gene code to make a silk used in bullet proof vests for the military, and there was also back street labs unregulated in the U.S with normal people after their day jobs tinkering with nature. Doing a search were not too far behind....
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17511710


But I thought this was the best part - a glowing plant.


There altering plants with firefly genes. We could have glowing Trachie's in a few years. :alien: :alien:
Take a look at http://glowingplant.com/

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... ark-plants


But most of all what do you think about all this? I think its all wrong messing with nature.


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Re: Glow in the dark plants?

Post by stephenprudence » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:31 pm

Ethically it's a don't go there situation, socially it's conundrum and I doubt it'll get a lot of support.

However on the other hand if the laws of nature allow it then it's not universally wrong.
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Re: Glow in the dark plants?

Post by Panama Pete » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:39 pm

Its freaked me out Stephen whats possible, better get my self back to work asap :lol:


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Post by Dim » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:25 pm

and on a side note ...

according to some....

when comet Ison passes (in a few days time), we will be entering the age of Aquarius ...

our physical bodies will 'glow and turn to light'... and we will glow
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some say that this comet is as huge as australia
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Re: Glow in the dark plants?

Post by Blairs » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:57 pm

Bioiluminescence requires energy and as such the best a plant will be able to do is a very short display - like those plants that move when touched. They will also quickly exhaust themselves. Bioiluminescence in plants has uses - when attacked by insects for example, so a farmer can see where to spray etc but you do not want your crop to exhaust itself with it either!


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Re: Glow in the dark plants?

Post by GREVILLE » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:39 pm

Just settle for some carefully placed spotlights.


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Post by Nigel » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:19 am

Dim wrote:and on a side note ...

according to some....

when comet Ison passes (in a few days time), we will be entering the age of Aquarius ...

our physical bodies will 'glow and turn to light'... and we will glow
icon_scratch

some say that this comet is as huge as australia
Comet Ison is as likely to blow up in our sun as it is to get past, we have 50/50 chance at best of seeing it. Its only 2 km across and they reckon it is borderline whether it can survive the suns corona.
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Re: Glow in the dark plants?

Post by DiCasS » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:34 pm

"But I thought this was the best part - a glowing plant. "

How about a naturally growing 'glow-in-the-dark'
Not strictly a glowing plant, but a glowing fungi which I had to take a picture of. I've no idea what sort it was but looked quite beautiful and glowed quite brightly in the dim light. Due to me only having a picture, had to take a pic of it with my digital today.
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Re: Glow in the dark plants?

Post by stephenprudence » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:57 pm

Didn't the film Avatar, feature alot of bioiluminescense?
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