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Imagine a future in which each row of annuals and perennials in the flowerbed outside your house was a line of defense against dangerous chemicals and explosives. Biologist June Medford and her team at Colorado State University made a big step towards turning plants into chemical security guards when they recently inserted a computer-redesigned receptor protein into a living plant -- giving it the ability to detect explosives.
Medford described her research to TPM: "Okay. I'm a plant. There is a chemical on the outside, and I'm going to recognize this and do something about it on the ins
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
This is a great idea. But they have dogs that can do this now and they're not using them. I don't know why they prefer to stand people in front of scanners and/or pat them down... Seems a lot less embarrassing and intrusive to have everyone walk by a few dogs trained to identify several dangerous chemicals...
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by JacKatMtn
There is another thread, but I searched, and I can't find it either.
Anyhow, I think this is a pretty good idea, although I don't believe there is any threat from explosives walking into airports through regular passenger terminals. Wouldn't it be pretty awesome if someone did walk in though, and the plants leaves all started changing colors as they passed? There would be no way to hide or escape that!
Medford says her goal is to get her plants as sensitive as a dog’s nose.