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    Default World's first truly blue roses go on display in Japan

    They are the stuff of legend - signifying mystery and traditionally believed to be able to grant the owner youth.
    For years breeders have crossed different colours of roses in an effort to create the impossible. But rose petals lack the enzyme needed to create a blue pigment and the breeders always failed.

    Now for the first time, thanks to genetic engineering, blue roses finally exist.


    The stuff of legend: Blue roses have gone on display in Japan and will be on sale next year
    The very first truly blue roses have gone on display in Japan and will be on sale to the public next year.
    After 13 years of research the Japanese Suntory company have finally perfected the mythical flower.
    Working with the Australian company Florigene the researchers took the delphinidin gene, which creates the blue colour, from a petunia. They then inserted it into a mauve rose called the Cardinal de Richelieu.
    The resultant flower was a dark burgundy colour due to an excess of the blue pigment cyanidin.
    After using RNAi technology to reduce this the final blue rose was today unveiled at the annual Flower Expo held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.



    Genetically engineered: The flowers have a gene from a petunia inserted in them

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    Wow, they are beautiful.

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    Hmmmmm, I'd still call it a lilac or mauve colour more than blue but pretty.
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    ^^ Ditto. They still are pretty though.
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    WANT!

    On my 'puter, they are purple, but still...
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    i'm surprised it took this long to make some. they've got just about every other color. beautiful none the less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Hmmmmm, I'd still call it a lilac or mauve colour more than blue but pretty.
    Looks periwinkle to me:

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    i prefer that over a straight on blue...i love it!

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    Those are really gorgeous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ariesallover View Post
    WANT!

    On my 'puter, they are purple, but still...
    Me too! WANT! Are they hybrid teas, floribundas, etc.? Will they be mass marketed here in the states? WANT!
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    Bet we can get them in 2 years or so. I just have to have one.
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    Great, just great, something super expensive and rare that idiots will be calling and requesting and demanding even after I explain they are likely to be 25 bucks a stem minimum and harder to get than a straight porn starring Clay Aiken.

    Look more purply-lavender than true blue from here.

    At least they have to last longer than sprayed, dyed or dipped roses. Their life span is a mere 24 hours.

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