Air freshener moss genetically engineered by failed plant glow-in-the-dark inventor

| | October 18, 2017
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In 2013, Taxa launched a Kickstarter for genetically engineered plants would glow at night, cutting street lamp electricity costs tremendously. Then, earlier this year, the company announced that the project was dead.

Now Taxa’s back with bio-engineered moss that comes in a few different scents — patchouli, linalool (a floral scent), and geraniol…. Each of them is made by splicing specific genes into moss, which not only can grow basically anywhere, but can do so in a liquid.

Grow a starter culture in a lab, pack it up, and let it keep growing, producing mild scents. Right now, the focus is on getting stronger scents, which could put it on the same tier strength-wise, like a scented candle. Not enough to fill up a room on its own, but enough to give a fragrant background to whatever.

Taxa believes that GMOs could be key to achieving a sustainable future.

“We’re interested in sustainability,” CEO Anthony Evans told Gizmodo. “Eventually everything we produce will be produced biologically.”

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Scientists Have Invented Moss That Smells Like Incense

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