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Recently I've been researching bioluminescence, and found out that the gene (luciferase) for the enzyme that fireflies use to glow is often used as an indicator of successful implantation of a gene. I was wondering if it would be possible to use it in the "genetic engineering" project that is done in my high school's College Biology class. It usually involves trying to give some bacteria resistance to a mild antibiotic via adding a gene and demonstrating that it worked by introducing the antibiotic into the engineered and control cultures. In the case of using luciferase, I just thought it would be neat to make some glowing bacteria - it's a much more 'visual' effect for showing results. Is there a company that would sell the gene to a high school teacher? Would there be any legal problems with this? Other kinds of problems?
Re: Is it possible to use a luciferase gene in a biology class experiment?
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