Using Plants To Fight Terror

first_imgA biologist at Colorado Starte University is developing a plant that can detect explosives. By engineering the plant’s DNA, June Medford has managed to develop a plant that turns white when it comes into contact with certain chemicals found in explosives.Medford and her team developed a computer model that allows them to manipulate the plant’s various receptors. “The computer program designs how the protein, which detects things, and explosive or environmental pollutant interact,” she told Wired. “We translate the language from the protein back to the DNA, and encode what we want in the DNA.”Though lab tests have been successful up until this point, Medford says that the plants are still several years away from being used in the field. The plan is to eventually distribute the plants as genetically modified seeds.last_img read more