of my favorite links on the topic of genetic arts:
I love roses for their smell and visual appeal. Many people share
my love of roses.You can see a few of many commercially available
roses that have their own unique name, characteristic color and
petal morphology. If you are lucky, you can get a rose named after
This site sells roses according to color categories. I can see the
huge potential market for roses with blue hues. I always wondered
why there are no blue roses, and after a little research, I found
it is biologically impossible for a blue rose to occur in nature.
I was amazed at the different variety of ladyslippers created by
artificial selection. This is a very old and simple technique of
creating new strains of flowers just by breeding them. Because roses
do not have the gene for the blue pigment, no amount of breeding
would be able to produce a blue rose.
This page describes the history of scientific efforts made on the
behalf of creating blue roses and offers me some direction for me
to get my research started.
This is the Florigene company website. This company produced a blue
carnation and is planning the release of a blue rose. Here's an
additional link discussing Florigene's breakthrough on expressing
blue pigments in carnations. http://www.hydroponics.com.au/back_issues/issue33.html