|MadSci Network: Genetics|
Anything is possible, I guess. I do recall seeing the picture of a glowing tobacco plant, but I wonder if it only glowed very dimly, and they needed something like a 2 hour exposure of the film. In my molecular genetics class, I was disappointed when we mixed a lefotover vial of luciferase with leftover luciferin and ATP ina test tube. It didn't glow at all that the naked eye could see. Only a luminometer, light detector could detect the output. It made me wonder how much luciferase the fireflies put out. How about instead of engineering a glowing tree, we just breed some fireflies and sell them at Christmas, along with some firefly food that you put in the tree to keep the flies there? Brian
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