Orbella Fragrant Moss is Shipping!
I'm excited to announce we have finally started shipping Orbella Fragrant Moss. In this update we've got some more information on the product, information on how to use your... Read more
Stopping work on the Glowing Plant
We're sorry to say that we have reached a significant transition point. We were planning to start shipping the fragrant moss two weeks ago, but this has been delayed... Read more
Glowing Plant End of Year update
Sorry that this update is a little delayed, we wanted to wait until the results of some genotyping/PCR experiments we need to run were complete but we are still... Read more
Glowing Plant September backer update
In this months update we've got some information on the progress with the autoluminescent glowing plant, some information on the start of our attempts to make glowing moss,... Read more
July update - 5 out of 6 genes successfully integrated into a plant
In this months backer update we are excited to report that our new selection marker is working and we have regenerated plants which have five of the six... Read more
Glowing Plant June update & contest to win first Fragrant Moss
It's been a while since we did an update on the Glowing Plant science, so here one is. We haven't stopped working on the plant, we've been... Read more
Help us Build Momentum on WeFunder
Despite the early technical issues on Monday our WeFunder campaign got off to a great start – in fact we hit $65k faster than with our Kickstarter. However, we still... Read more
Title III equity crowdfunding is here - Invest Today!
Exciting news to bring you. TAXA Biotechnologies (the company behind the Glowing Plant) is launching an equity crowdfunding campaign on WeFunder where it will be raising up to $1 million... Read more
Glowing Plant March update
Here's March's update:
- We are still working to debug the latest issues with the Lux plants.
- We have fixed the challenges with the Fluc v2 plants.
- We... Read more
Glowing Plant February Update
This has been one of the more challenging months in the lab, with many unexpected problems popping up. As you probably recall from the last update, we have... Read more
Look out for the Backer Survey coming soon
Here's our last update for 2015, can't believe how fast this year has flown by. In this update we've got information on the first backer surveys which are... Read more
Please tell the White House how important synthetic biology is
As we mentioned in our last backer update the White House has asked for comments on their updates to the Coordinated Framework for Biotechnology. Regulation is the unglamorous... Read more
Final technical milestone achieved
Good news to report - we've successfully removed the herbicide genes from our transformed v1 plants. This was the last technical challenge we faced so now we've demonstrated... Read more
An overview of our technology stack
We're excited to bring you this months update - we are getting closer and closer to shipping every day. We've also got an update on the bombardments which... Read more
Success - working genetic construct!
Sorry for the longer than usual gap between updates, we wanted to wait until we got a construct which we validated was working, and we just got those results... Read more
Glowing Plant May Update
In this months update we've got the latest developments in the plant research, a video of our automated DNA assembly protocol, an update on the discussion from last... Read more
Glowing Plant February Update
This month we've got an update on the Lux-E problems we've been having, we've got some very exciting news about a new promoter discovery we've made and we've... Read more
Happy Holidays - Glowing Plant December update
This month we have an update for you on the results of the RNA analysis we discussed last month which we use to debug our constructs, an update... Read more
October's news from Glowing Plant
We're pleased to share with you this months update on the research to develop the Glowing Plant. In this newsletter we've got an educational video to explain how... Read more
Glowing Plant September Update
Here's Septembers update for you. We've got some additional information on the process we are using to generate the full plant, using the gene gun, for version 1.0 which... Read more
We've been accepted by Y Combinator!
We have some extra news to share with you this month, we've been accepted by Y Combinator as part of this summer's batch of startups and will present our... Read more
More opportunities to meet the plant & update on shipping timelines
Thank you to everyone who came to the first 'meet the plant' event. We enjoyed meeting all of you so much that we are going to do it... Read more
Using directed evolution to improve luminosity
Some of you are probably wondering how we are working to improve the luminosity of our plant. We've already discussed some of the ways we are doing this (by... Read more
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... Read more
How to make DNA
Hello, we thought we would share with you this week a short video about how DNA is made once you have designed the sequences on a computer.
Kickstarter responds to explain why they banned GMOs
Hello, Thank you to everyone who signed our petition. Kickstarter has now responded (via the Verge) to why they decided to ban offering GMO's as rewards:
Essentially they are... Read more
Ask Kickstarter to reconsider the ban on GMO’s as rewards
Kickstarter changed it’s project guidelines last Wednesday to specifically exclude the offering of Genetically Modified Organisms. We already have the funds from the project so this decision has no... Read more
Thank you for all your support the last month and a half, we are so grateful to you all for the trust and support you have shown us. That... Read more
As backers you have already got involved with the project: without your support the Glowing Plant project wouldn't be happening. We are looking forward to sharing and updating you on... Read more
Fun Friday + Plant Watering Kit
We have less than a week to go with the project, so please let all your your friends that it's their last chance to support the project.
Who wants... Read more
Stretch goal #2: Get Involved!!
Wow, we did it!! We are so excited that we have reached the Glowing Rose stretch goal! Thank you all for such incredible support over the last few weeks, the... Read more
Spotlight on the Maker Kit
David Lang from Make Magazine wrote a great piece about the Maker Kit and I thought you would all like to read the process for how we make a... Read more
New Reward: rootcup Planter
We are pleased to announce a new reward: a planter to grow your Arabidopsis seeds in!
We are partnering with our friends at rootcup in San Francisco. This is the... Read more
Connect with the team!
Hard to believe we are only half-way through our campaign, it's been an exciting few weeks already and we are hoping to make our first stretch goal soon. Thank you... Read more
Glow-in-the-Dark Plants on the ISS
This one just goes in the 'OMG that's cool... I just found out that they are growing Glowing Arabidopsis on the International Space Station. You can learn more about what they are... Read more
How to Grow Arabidopsis
Though it may not be as pretty as a petunia or practical as a potato, Arabidopsis does have a certain charm to it. Here are some general principles for growing... Read more
Results of survey
53% of you voted 'Yes - completely open, companies can sell' so we will release the seeds completely free of any commercial restrictions. Here are the full results:
Also... Read more
One of the benefits of funding a project like this through kickstarter is that you aren't beholden to the interests of traditional shareholders or government funding agencies. This means... Read more
How bright can we make our plants grow?
The benchmark for bioluminescense has been set by the 2010 iGem team from the University of Cambridge. Look how bright they were able to make their bacteria glow - even... Read more
A few videos to make that return to work on Monday a little less tedious. There was a hilarious discussion about the Glowing Plant project on TWiT.TV yesterday -... Read more
New Reward: Vase II
Really excited to make the home page of kickstarter this morning, it's great to have amazing support. The whole team is psyched to be able make this happen.
Today... Read more
Stretch goal #1 - The Glowing Rose!!
Thank you all for your incredible support the last few days. How poetic was it that the first synthetic biology kickstarter campaign reached it's goal on DNA day. ... Read more
Celebrate DNA day
Today is DNA day, it commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure... Read more
Meet the team tonight - Mountain View
It's been a lot of fun working on this project and getting ready to launch the past 8 months, and it's been fantastic to see the enthusiasm today.
Many people contributed... Read more