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    I'm also not clear on how the firefly's glowing mechanism would translate to a plant. After all, the glow from fireflies is the result of a chemical reaction managed by the firefly. They start and stop adding oxygen to the mix to turn themselves on or off. Not sure how plants would work this way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    Hmmm... from Wikipedia.

    "Using Kickstarter, the project's founders raised $484,000 on June 8, 2013.[1] This was significantly more than the initial target of $65,000.

    Seeds were initially scheduled to be delivered in April 2014. In March 2016, delivery of seeds was forecast for 2016 on the Glowing Plant website.[2] The company encountered difficulty getting plants to emit significant amounts of light, and announced via email December 2017 that it was permanently ceasing operations."

    I'm sure someone will get it to work eventually. Until then, I'll just have to keep plugging my money into perpetual motion machine ventures. One of these days, I'm gonna hit it big!
    I gave hope on ever getting my seeds, kind of forgot about it.

    I had that idea a long time ago, would be awesome. Obviously making it work is another story. And I would see it more for decorative purposes, not enough to functionally light anything
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    Pretty neat but not really a great source of light. Bioluminescence isn't for lighting an area, its for attraction, camo, defense within an environment.
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    It would have been pretty cool if they could have made it work, and as a demonstration project who knows what it might have inspired some creative bio-engineer to come up with.
    The possibilities are endless.
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    Seems cool... Probably extremely short sighted to have open air genetic modification tests.

    Such testing should be relegated to the moon or some other place where any accidents can be contained without risk to the earths biosphere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    Seems cool... Probably extremely short sighted to have open air genetic modification tests.

    Such testing should be relegated to the moon or some other place where any accidents can be contained without risk to the earths biosphere.
    There's lots of GMO out there that's safe and successful like insect and herbicide resistant crops. But I get the trepidation; unintended consequences could be dire. Can you say "zombie apocalypse"?
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    I could see these being used as Street lighting Great way to mark the shoulder of a road
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otto Throttle View Post
    There's lots of GMO out there that's safe and successful like insect and herbicide resistant crops. But I get the trepidation; unintended consequences could be dire. Can you say "zombie apocalypse"?
    Umm... It's not quite that straight forward. Monsanto had the stated goal of "owning the worlds food supply", safety is not the concern, patenting life is far more profitable.

    Anyway, the studies concerning safety are nowhere near adequate concerning the potential consequences, but it's one of those where the cats already out of the bag.... Now, if it turns out that these things had long term unintended consequences, it's already at the point where it would require a scorching of the earth and restarting with some of those underground seed vaults.

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    Not much use here, I bet Mrs. RNG could kill those too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    Not much use here, I bet Mrs. RNG could kill those too.
    MS Volunteer has a black thumb when it comes to house plants too.
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