Glow-in-the-dark plants have been around for a while, but have always been kept in the safety of the science labs – until now. This month, the first commercial plant that has been genetically modified to glow by itself will be sold at auction.
Whilst Bioglow and other companies producing similar auto-luminescent plants are already showing signs of success, their work has caused a great deal of controversy. A number of environmental groups have stated deep concern about the spread of genetically-modified plants; a petition to Kickstarter, the crowd funding website, has caused the site to ban any future projects that offer GM modified products as rewards for supporters.
The question is, are auto-luminescent plants a more sustainable way to light our surroundings, or a dangerous GM organism?
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