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Fear over light-up plants exaggerated and unnecessary

| | October 8, 2013

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“What if someone decides it would be cute to light up a national forest?” asked Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University and an adviser to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on synthetic biology, in a front page Washington Post article on the Kickstarter effort to produce plants that glow. Puhleez!

Caplan is usually more sensible than that sensationalist comment makes him seem, so I suspect a bit of journalist selectivity in citing him. Anyway, the Post article is an example of overwrought (and pointless) handwringing about do-it-yourself biotechnology.

Read the full, original story here: “Green Glowing Plants – THE HORROR!

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