Is it possible for animal cells to recognize plant genes and vice versa?
i'm asking this question to determine the feasibility of the following story: taking the gene that programs poison in the tail of a scorpion, and combining it with a cabbage. These genetically modified cabbages kill caterpillers because they have learned to grow scorpion poison (insecticide) in their sap.
- BryanLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Mice have been made to glow by splicing in bioluminescence genes from bacteria, so in principal, I think the idea might be workable.
I don't know that I'd want to eat genetically modified cabbage that synthesizes scorpion venom.
Good question.Source(s): Training in biology
- 1 decade ago
It's possible, but it's difficult. I've heard of a few cases similar to this, but I can't remember them. If I do, I'll post them in an edit.