Petunica circadia, where Art and Biotechnology meet

06/03/2015 - 3 minutes

A changing-color flower that goes from blue to red and viceversa? It may sound like science fiction, but it’s purely biotechnology. A simple petunia to make a statement: gene engineering is not something to be afraid of. Biotechnology has so many applications that go from nourishing the increasing world population to growing beautiful flowers to brighten up your day.

The debate on GMOs and bioengineering has become increasingly polarized over the years, but recently, consumer-oriented biotechnology has begun to have an impact on that discussion. The recent USDA approval of genetically engineered non-browning Arctic apples, developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, has started a new wave of curiosity about the direct-to-consumer benefits of biotechnology, a trend Revolution Bio wants to encourage.

With the help of synthetic biology, these color-changing flowers have been engineered to change color from light to dark over the course of the day. While genetically engineered plants are usually associated with agriculture, Revolution Bio founders Keira Havens and Nikolai Braun have taken that technology to another level,

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