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  Re: [Aroid-l] Plants that glow in the dark.
From: plantguy at zoominternet.net> on 2006.09.25 at 10:55:32(14643)
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!!

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