chloroplasts in humans?
abrdlher at reading.ac.uk
Tue Feb 28 14:44:54 EST 1995
On 25 Feb 1995, Bob wrote:
> This might actually be quite ludicrous, but I wonder,
> would it be possible to indroduce chloroplasts into
> eukaryotic cells? An abundance of functional chloroplasts
> in epidermal tissue could provide a means of reducing the
> amount of CO2 we have to exhale and also introducing
> glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate into glycolysis, ultimately
> lowering the required dietary intake of glucose...A sun
> tan and a meal all in one!
> Choloplasts multiply like mitochondria right? That is,
> the chloroplasts are self-replicating and independant of
> the genome... Therefore one would only need to introduce
> a few chloroplasts into the zygote (female right?) and
> embryological development would initiate the multiplication,
> etc... A way would have to be discovered to target the
> chloroplasts to the skin tissue though...
> If one can create luciferase producing plants (glowing plants),
> i mean nothing really is impossible...
> Hmmmm, there's always the possibility it may happen through
> evolution, maybe we can just speed it up a bit :)
> Comments?????? Laughs?
Interesting... but purely scientific points apart... I wouldn't like my
girlfriend to look like a lettuce, to be honest!
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