Lighter Side: Jellyfish DNA makes trees, plants glow

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You’ve heard about the glow-in-the-dark pigs, but what would trees and plants? It may be April Fool’s Day, but this is no joke.

One Dutch designer is using the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and fireflies to create glow-in-the-dark trees in the hopes of replacing electric street lamps to light cities.  

According to the Daily Mail, Daan Roosegaarde is working with scientists at the State University of New York and a company called Bioglow to bring his vision to life. Click here or watch the video above to learn more.

But glowing trees and shrubbery are only the latest development in glowing nature. A Kickstarter campaign launched the company Glowingplant.com last year, and now the company is almost ready to start shipping the glow-in-the-dark seeds for Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant in the mustard family.

So how does a scientist make a plant glow-in-the-dark? Fox News reports it’s not as simple as inserting the glowing marine baceterium Vibrio fischeri into a plant.

To do it, scientists assemble the genes virtually before sending the gene specs to DNA-assembling companies to build the actual DNA. The team then inserts the genes into the leaves of the plan and asses how well the plan adjusted and how much light it produced. To date, they have tested 1,500 sequences to achieve the best glow.

Once the seeds are fold to the public, it will become the world’s biggest release of a genetically engineered plant. Read more.



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