What Are Glow-in-the-Dark Plants?


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Glow-in-the-dark plants are genetically engineered plants that have been modified to contain bioluminescent bacteria. The bioluminescent DNA is introduced using a modified bacteria that inserts the genes into the cells of the plant without hurting the plant.

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What Are Glow-in-the-Dark Plants?
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The DNA sequence required for the bioluminescent gene is created with BioCAD software and then printed using DNA laser printing. Later on, the DNA is inserted using a gene gun. In 1986, the first bioluminescent plant was created at the University of California by artificially inserting the luciferin gene. As of 2014, a working prototype of the glow-in-the-dark plant exists and emits a natural glow and that can pass on the glowing gene. There was a campaign to stop the development of the glowing plant that raised $2,274. A campaign to develop the glow-in-the-dark plant raised $484,013.

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