Flowering Arabidopsis thaliana in the wild (Photo: Marco Roepers)
This kickstarter reward is a step-by-step manual for creating your own transgenic plant
Some of the backer rewards are metaphors for light without electricity
A brief history of the glowing plant's origins
The Glowing Plants project aims to let you read by plantlight (Image: Shutterstock)
In the last week, over 3,000 people on Kickstarter ignored the fact it's next to impossible to keep a houseplant alive and backed the now fully-funded "Glowing Plants: Natural Lighting with no Electricity" campaign. The funds will be used to build upon existing technology and create a transgenic plant that has a soft blue-green glow to act as an electricity-free nightlight. Backer rewards, each glowing, include an arabidopsis plant, a rose plant, and arabidopsis seeds. We check in as the Glowing Plants team heads towards their first stretch goal and look at how this project is part of a bigger trend in DIY biology. But be warned: this is not your grandma's seed catalog.
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