Not that its creation of what it bills as the world's first rose with petals containing nearly 100 percent blue pigment isn't impressive. It's just that when I see "blue" I expect something along the lines of Facebook's background hue.
Still, there's no doubting Suntory's technical achievement in genetic engineering, which took 14 years of work in collaboration with Florigene, a subsidiary based in Australia. Blue pigment does not occur naturally in roses, but researchers in 2004 were finally able to get them to synthesize the pigment delphinidin, seen in violas. … Read more