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bioluminescent genes

Postby popman » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:56 am UTC

if it were possible to safely add genes from glowing jellyfish into your own like they have done with pigs and rats.would you do it?
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Re: bioluminescent genes

Postby Kow » Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:21 am UTC

If I could control it like a lightning bug, of course I would. But I wouldn't want to glow permanently like every animal they've put them in that I've seen.

This assumes the process for doing so isn't painful or bad in any way.
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Re: bioluminescent genes

Postby rflrob » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:46 am UTC

Kow wrote:If I could control it like a lightning bug, of course I would. But I wouldn't want to glow permanently like every animal they've put them in that I've seen.

This assumes the process for doing so isn't painful or bad in any way.


I could see putting the GFP under an alcohol dehydrogenase or similar promoter, if you could also somehow localize it to the skin or other visible parts. Then, glowing under a blacklight would be a neat party trick.

The thing about lightning bugs is that they use a fundamentally different pathway (luciferase) to actively glow, whereas GFP, which is much more common and simpler to implement ectopically, is a passive fluorescence, which only glows on excitation with near-UV light.
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Re: bioluminescent genes

Postby dukederek » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:10 pm UTC

rflrob wrote:glowing under a blacklight would be a neat party trick.


You can already do this with tattooing :D

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Re: bioluminescent genes

Postby Moose Hole » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:29 pm UTC

dukederek wrote:
rflrob wrote:glowing under a blacklight would be a neat party trick.


You can already do this with tattooing :D
Or after you masturbate.


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