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- DescriptionWilliam C. Taylor Department of Genetics University of California Berkeley, California 94720 It is evident by w that there is a great deal of interest in exploiting the new techlogies to genetically engineer new forms of plants. A purpose of this meeting is to assess the possibilities. The papers that follow are concerned with the analysis of single genes or small gene families. We will read about genes found within the nucleus, plastids, and bacteria which are responsible for agri- culturally important traits. Given that these genes can be isolated by recombinant DNA techniques, there are two possible strategies for plant engineering. One involves isolating a gene from a cultivated plant, changing it in a specific way and then inserting it back into the same plant where it produces an altered gene product. An example might be changing the ami acid composition of a seed pro- tein so as to make the seed a more efficient food source. A second strategy is to isolate a gene from one species and transfer it to ather species where it produces a desirable feature. An example might be the transfer of a gene which encodes a more efficient pho- tosynthetic enzyme from a wild relative into a cultivated species. There are three technical hurdles which must be overcome for either strategy to work. The gene of interest must be physically isolated.
- Author(s)Alexander Hollaender,Carole P. Meredith,Claire M. Wilson,Tsune Kosuge
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication27/12/2012
- SubjectAgriculture & Farming
- Series TitleBasic Life Sciences
- Series Part/Volume Number26
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Notebiography
- Weight972 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Edition StatementSoftcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1983
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