24 Dec 2003

GM Christmas tree would glow
Frustrated fiddling with Christmas tree fairy lights could become a thing of the past as genetic engineers have proposed a tree which grows its own lights. The idea for glowing pine needles was dreamed up by five postgraduate students at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, as their entry in a biotechnology competition. It is a perfectly possible proposition, as genetic engineers elsewhere have already created glowing mice, silk and potatoes.

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