A very unique project has started its journey over on the Kickstarter crowd souring website, which comprises of Glowing Plants using synthetic biology and Genome Compiler’s software, with the long term aim to replace electric or gas lighting.
Which its creators Antony Evans, Omri Amirav-Drory and Kyle Taylor say could be the first step in creating sustainable natural lighting. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Glowing Plant project and see it in action.
“One of the benefits of funding a project like this through kickstarter is that you aren’t beholden to the interests of traditional shareholders or government funding agencies. This means we can stay closer to our values and pursue a philosophy of Radical Openness and today we wanted to tell you about why we are doing this and what it means for you our backers.
Traditionally a project like this would have been done either in a research institute or in a company with investors. Both these groups would have required strong IP protection and patents. This has two effects, first it reduces collaboration and second it restricts progress as it makes it harder for others to build on this work.
Because of your support we are able to do something different. All of the output from this project will be released open source – the DNA constructs, the plants etc. If you get seeds from your plants they are your seeds to grow more plants or give to your friends as you wish.”
For more information on the new Glowing Plant project jump over to the IGEM website for details.
The Glowing Plant project is currently over on the Kickstarter website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Glowing Plant is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Glowing Plant become a reality.
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