Re: Genetic engineering--replacing melanin with chlorophyl
Posted By: Dr. Ofer Markman, Post Doc, Physiology, Hebrew U. School of medicine
Date: Sun Oct 5 03:07:25 1997
Area of science: Genetics
"Is such a thing at least theoretically possible?"
And the answer is complex,
Exchanging melanin gene to chlorophyl is not that easy because chlorophil
is not a gene. Chlorophyl is a chemical that sits in the complex protein
of the photosystems of the plant chloroplasts.
In order to do so you would have to put the whole mechanism to produce
chlorophylls in the engineered human-being.
Whould the resultant develop green skin - that is another question.
As for technical language
Neverthless to get a feeling of what can be done see a nice idea on porphirins in blood where they are talking about
the possibility to make such molecule fluoresce.
I would also send you to read on gene therapy which is a very wide subject
to which you could find but a nice start would be UCSD Gene theraphy HomePage and
Original Summaries of Selected CANCERLIT Records on Gene Therapy
Please feel free to call me at any time
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