In recent research there has been a linkage in a gene expressed in common fruit fly's could be used to detoxify contaminated lands filled with TNT. Who knew the common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster could hold the capabilities to enhance the effect of getting rid of TNT filled lands.
In the study published by New Phytologist it shows us how A gene in Drosophila melanogaster could be expressed in Arabidopsis a type of cabbage. This combination would improve the reduction of TNT in soil from past war eras. Scientists engineered the gene glutathione transferase to appear in the cabbage plant. The plant with this gene was evaluated and shown to be more resistant and were better able to remove TNT. The plant with this gene was compared to the wild type and was shown to better remove the TNT.
Professor Neil Bruce from the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) in the University of York's Department of Biology said "What is important about this transformation is that it converts TNT into a product that could be more amenable to being broken down in the environment.
I think this could greatly improve the reduction of contaminated lands filled with TNT. Also this research could better help the way we edit genes in plants.