More fun and games with biofluorescence

Anybody remember Alba, the glowing transgenic bunny? An item on the Nature Science Update website (24 October 2001) reports an Italian researcher has now created a floral version with daisies that glow under ultraviolet light. While the research was originally aimed at helping to tag plants such as transgenic crops, the glowing daisies were created as an aesthetic project; the technique reportedly could be applied to any white flower. However, due to public hostility toward genetically-modified organisms in Italy, there are no plans to commercialize the glowing flowers. The NSU item also mentions similarly modified pigs with glowing snouts.

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