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Next big thing: glowing house plants

Apr 28, 2020 16:22 IST

You may have heard of glowing mushrooms, but glowing house plants are actually the next big things. In a new research, published in Nature Biotechnology, scientists conducted a unique experiment to create plants with genetically-encoded autoluminescence. To achieve this, scientists sliced a DNA from bioluminescent mushrooms and inserted it into a tobacco plant. The technique helped in creating a 'brightly' glowing plant. While scientists have earlier tried to grow these ‘glow in the dark’ plants using glowing bacteria DNA, this new technique is believed to produce 10 times brighter plants.