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(Some Guy)   Scientists want to inject "quantum dots" with genetically modified firefly protein into your body to light things up and look around. "Light bulbs aren't cool enough," they explain. What could possibly go wrong?   ( divider line
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900 clicks; posted to Fandom » on 26 Apr 2006 at 7:05 PM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2006-04-26 5:49:00 PM  
Aren't they already using fiber optics to look around inside? What's stopping them from projecting light through the fiber?
2006-04-26 5:58:02 PM  
That website is awesome.
2006-04-26 5:59:00 PM  
Quantum Dots: The Light Bulb of the Future!
2006-04-26 6:19:15 PM  
Can I get a bunch on my finger? Besides the ET-thingy, it'd be really handy to have a built-in flashlight.
2006-04-26 6:48:20 PM  
I don't get what's so scary about this article...but maybe that's because I'm a neuroscientist.

muninsfire: You could, but it wouldn't be bright enough to be usable (you could just apply a lentivirus containing the luciferase...I don't know of a good way to get the quantum dot in though).

/Back to the fluorescent green cells
//EGFP is neat
2006-04-26 6:48:22 PM  
Quantum Dot Tattoos. Hells yeah.
2006-04-26 7:03:06 PM  
QDots in my Eyeballs!
2006-04-26 7:36:53 PM  
In Your eyes like this!!
2006-04-26 7:39:02 PM  
Given anything the scale of these dots would not last long in the human body, no worries. As for the genetically engineered stuff, it's just the protein. Not actual genetic material.

I, for one, welcome our glowing quantum dot injecting overlords.
2006-04-26 7:39:03 PM  
I feel a sudden case of the awesomes coming on.
/Disagrees with submitter
2006-04-26 8:03:38 PM  
So we won't need night vision cams to watch Paris shag?

//Doesn't surprise me, after the glow-in-the-dark pigs.
2006-04-26 9:50:53 PM  
I second the quantum dot tattoos, actually my boyfriend is in college for genetic research, and some of the ideas he came up with (if it werent for the fact that they'd be grossly illegal) would be really cool

quick and dirty concept of quantum dot tattoos

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2006-04-26 10:02:39 PM  
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Sum one need Firefly protein?
2006-04-26 10:29:49 PM  
Oooh noooooooeees, Technology!!! Run for the hills and take your tallow candles with you!
2006-04-26 11:11:33 PM  
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Now that's what I call a "quantum dot"!
2006-04-26 11:13:15 PM  
Oh, and it's "opposite day" today here where I live.
2006-04-26 11:38:53 PM  
submitter is a moran who can't come up with a unique headline? That's what could possibly go wrong.
2006-04-27 1:40:51 AM  
sweet. i ran a dual TCF/LEF-Luciferase assay this morning with the renilla (sea pansy) gene.

i wouldnt exactly call bioluminescent vectors "quantum dots".
silly stanford, when will they learn?
2006-04-27 2:18:30 AM  
submitter: Scientists want to inject "quantum dots" with genetically modified firefly protein into your body

How much does that pay?

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