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Create GLOWING PLANTS using synthetic biology and Genome Compiler's software - the first step in creating sustainable natural lighting
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Antony Evans

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Testing Gene Constructs with Transient Assays


We've shown you how we make the DNA, and how we use a gene gun to insert into the nucleus, but what we haven't shown you yet is how we test our constructs. To test the constructs we use agro bacterium to insert the test sequence into a small part of the leaf tissue. We are testing on Tobacco because we found the transient assays work better on that than Arabidopsis (bigger leaves and less of an immune response) 

We can then come back two days later and see how well the sequence worked. This allows us to test multiple sequences in just a few days rather than the many months it takes to make a full plant with the genes.

Also we wanted to share something cool: The British film industry has been inspired by all your support for the project! A group of filmmakers in London have produced a  short drama about a young Biohacker who makes an illuminated plant. It touches on love, science and synthetic biology! 

They are currently looking for support and completion funding over on Indiegogo. Take a look at their trailer here: 

We're pleased to support them with their crowd-funding campaign and can't wait to see the final film in April. Let's help them get there!

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    1. Creator Aglarele on March 22, 2014

      To bad, hope you have better results with the next tests!

    2. Creator Antony Evans on March 20, 2014

      Aglarele: It didn't go well, which is why we've been quiet on the backer updates the last few weeks. We are still debugging why.

    3. Creator Aglarele on March 20, 2014

      So how did it go?
      Looking forward to the next update with the result of this test.

    4. Creator Ole Wörster on February 8, 2014

      Does this mean we'll get eventually tobacco seeds?

    5. Creator Antony Evans on February 7, 2014

      Mirek: it depends on the results of these transient assays, but sometime late summer I would estimate.

    6. Creator Mirek Wilmer on February 7, 2014

      When do you finally expect to start shipping the seeds ?
      I can wait, I am so excited :)

      Mirek Wilmer