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Re: [Aroid-l] Plants that glow in the dark.


Hi Brian,

As pointed out, usng luciferase is very common and is used to study promotor function in labs all the time. It is very common and provides an easy readout. Of course, using things like green fluorescent protein (GFP) along with all the other colors of the rainbow (YFP, RFP, CFP) many investigators have created green mice, monkeys, rabbits, etc. As these are fused as transgenes typically they are completely stable from generation to generation and are used to study the behaviour of proteins in live animals/cells. Rather commonplace, although I'm not usre why you would want a glowing plant to be honest. You may remember that there were green and red glowing zebra fish in your local pet shop a while back. These were the resuilt of a commercial attempt to do what you are talking about except in fish. I do not think it went over particularly well. Best of luck with your experiments!!

Dan

Gibsonia, PA
zone 6a where the growing season is over for the year


----- Original Message ----- From: "Brian Williams" <pugturd@alltel.net>
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2006 9:49 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Plants that glow in the dark.


At the aroid show. I was talking to Homes from Thailand about my canna breeding. He was telling me how cannas were considered weeds in Thailand and that they have been used in research for other plants using Gamma rays to create mutations. Sense cannas can flower in one years time they seem to be the best to test out. After looking this up on the internet to see if their were any photos of these mutations. I ran across something very interesting apparently some genetic modification was done to a orchid using firefly genes to create the first plant that glows in the dark. It said all parts of the plant produce light some more than others. I found this very interesting and though it is not on the subject of aroids I think that we may soon find aroids and other plants being genetically modified.

Here is the web site
http://www.new-agri.co.uk/01-5/focuson/focuson4.html
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