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Glowing Plants: Awesome Kickstarter or Creepy Biotech?


Science & Tech  (tags: glowing plants, biotechnology, synbio, mutations, home projects, research, science )

Nancy
- 409 days ago - motherjones.com
Hoping to give new meaning to the term "natural light," a small group of biotechnology hobbyists and entrepreneurs has started a project to develop plants that glow, potentially leading the way for trees that can replace electric street lamps and potted



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Betsy M. (40)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:40 am
arrogance
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:45 pm
noted, thanks!
 

jeanne schreurs (200)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:54 am
Stop raping nature.
 

. (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:20 am
noted..ty Nancy
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (261)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:35 am
don't mess with Mother Nature --just look at vile monsanto
 

Carmen S. (606)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 3:58 pm
noted, thanks Nancy
 

Helen Porter (41)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:57 pm
noted
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 1:21 pm
While this seems interesting, the mentioned hazards should be noted. Let me get this straight: regular people (over)fund this and it succeeds, allowing corporations to "co-opt" the science for their own eventual financial benefit. hmmm.
My spouse recently bought a couple of those plastic "solar flower lights" at one of those hardware stores. It collects the light and then shines at night...we plan to put it outside on the patio. Seems like a better idea to me.
 

Teresa Cowley (273)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 11:28 pm
Creepy--and not a good idea, imo!
Thanks Nancy.
 

Pat A. (117)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 9:43 am
OMG!!!

"There will be do-it-yourself kits for gardeners who will use genetic engineering to breed new varieties of roses and orchids. Also kits for lovers of pigeons and parrots and lizards and snakes to breed new varieties of pets. Breeders of dogs and cats will have their kits too. Domesticated biotechnology, once it gets into the hands of housewives and children, will give us an explosion of diversity of new living creatures, rather than the monoculture crops that the big corporations prefer."

Wait for someone to bioengineer something to solve a problem he hates - next door's cat for example or someone's dog - giant pitcher plants! OMG!!! Whereas large companies like Monsanto are accused (quite rightly) of ignoring the probable consequences of their actions - their plants will cross pollinate others not to mention the other side effects of super bugs and super viruses - we must not forget that so will this bunch of amateurs efforts when let loose on the unsuspecting world! ARGH!!

We are doomed! For once it won't be the nuclear threat that does it - but some daft git in his garage!
 
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