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.

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  • Bryan
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    1 decade ago
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    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
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  • 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.

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