Well, not exactly...
We at Genome Compiler, in collaboration with entrepreneur Anthony Evans are about to bring you what is unarguably the second best thing ever (the best thing ever is a matter of opinion).
We're making a Glowing Plant. And the best part is that you can have your own too by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign.
With our goal of one day replacing electric lighting with natural lighting, our team of scientists have leveraged the power of Genome Compiler to engineer a common plant to emit a natural glow.
We are using synthetic biology techniques and Genome Compiler’s software to insert bioluminescence genes into Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant and member of the mustard family, to make a plant that visibly glows in the dark (it is inedible).
The funds raised will be used to print the DNA sequences we have designed using Genome Compiler, genetically transform the plants, and then growing the resultant plant in the lab.
This project is just the first step of many, but thanks to our supporters we have already reached our initial goal within the first 3 days! Due to the overwhelming support, we have decided to extend our fundraising goal, and also make roses that glow!
Glowing plants will be here soon enough, and perhaps some glowing roses (provided the goal is reached).
Cool -- yes. Check out the Kickstarter and let us know what you think!