Date: December 15, 1986

What do you get when you cross a firefly and a tobacco plant?
Tobacco that glows in the dark?

Yes, word has come from the University of California, San Diego, of a remarkable new discovery that pushes scientific re search into the 21st century and beyond. It's not in the area of particle physics, laser technology or magnetic resonance imaging, but it's bound to be the biggest noise since the Big Bang.

They've made tobacco plants that glow in the dark.

Just think of the enormous commercial potential. Tobacco growers will love it. No need to give the migrant workers the night off: they can pick the stuff in the dark. Inveterate nocturnal smokers would no longer have to grope for the pack about 2 a.m.

It also gives a whole new twist to the “light smoke” the cigarette makers keep promoting....

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