Biotech Updates

Scientists Develop Glowing Plants for Homes and Streets

August 13, 2014

Scientists are now developing a glow-in-the-dark plant using synthetic biology. The Glowing Plant project aims to develop functional plants for homes that could repel insects or work as air fresheners. The inspiration behind the original glowing plant was to rethink street or nighttime lighting.

The developers of the bioluminescent plant said that they do not focus on developing GM foods, which has enough controversies. "We really see our plants as a tool for changing that debate. With food, the risk of unintended consequences is much larger. We just want to build fun, cool products," said Antony Evans, founder and CEO of Glowing Plant. The company is now getting pre-orders of the Glowing Plant which is expected to be released later this year.

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