Glow-in-the-Dark Plant

The synthetic biology world is buzzing about the glow in the dark plant. A Stanford group has successfully funded a Kickstarter project to develop genetically modified plants. They are also distributing the seeds to these plants to donors that contribute more that 40$. Aside from its novel aesthetic qualities, the project also solves various issues environmentally. One application of these plants is planting them in cities to replace street lights and reduce electricity usage. 

This project is also a perfect example of the growing biohacker community. Instead of performing research in multi-million dollar labs, biohacking delves into the entrepeneurial side of biology and develops research with limited research funds. 

The controversy surrounding the project regards the lack of regulation in dispersal of genetically modified plants. Though this specific plant probably will not cause any environmental harm, subsequent projects from future biohackers may follow similar loose guidelines in dispersing the seeds. Many argue for changes in regulation to bring about a swifter and flexible program to keep up with the current pace of technology. 

(Cite: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_23889241/gene-engineers-popular-glow-dark-plant-tests-less)
(Photo: www.glowingplant.com)

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