Botanical Wednesday: Colors!


I lack any tattoos, but on the day we can transfect human skin cells with the machinery to make chromoplasts and chromatophores, I’ll be first in line at the local genetic modification parlor.

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  1. says

    PZ:

    on the day we can transfect human skin cells with the machinery to make chromoplasts and chromatophores, I’ll be first in line at the local genetic modification parlor.

    Me too! It would be great if we could be whatever colour we wanted, and be able to change those colours at a whim.

  2. blf says

    And of course it will be part of the so-called IoT (Internet of Things), meaning a hacker will be able to change your nice shade of purple to a print of swastikas all over your body, including face & hands, until you pay a ransom to regain control. In the meantime, several different spy / “police” agencies will install malcolourware for assorted purposes, such as making you break out in a nasty rash — and / or make you highly-visible — every time you fail to unconditionally support the government…

  3. numerobis says

    Chloroplasts would be cool too. A little green streak that feeds you when you’re out hiking — it’d be great!

  4. Tethys says

    I shudder at the thought of being transfected. Can I have a neural interfaced chromatophore suit instead? Shapeshifting sounds like fun, and I would never again have to figure out what to wear.

  5. numerobis says

    Tethys, with a suit like that you’d have to think about what to wear *all day long* not just in the morning!

  6. auntbenjy says

    numerobis @ 4

    Yes please…I’d love to be able to photosynthesise. If I could get some gills as well, life would be sweet.

  7. shadow says

    I’ll have to look up the title, but Allan Dean Foster had a short story where a biologist had come up with a method bonding, IIRC, chloroplasts into humans below a certain age. you ended up with a pastel green skin tone and a few hours sitting in sunlight took care of most of your needs. Vitamin supplements for what wasn’t supplied. The village that was ‘converted’ to solar power (as it were) was called “The Chosen’.

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