Plant Gene Transfer and Expression Protocols - Methods in Molecular Biology 49 (Spiral bound)
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Plant Gene Transfer and Expression Protocols - Methods in Molecular Biology 49 (Spiral bound)

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Spiral bound 466 Pages / Published: 27/09/1995
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The development of recombinant DNA technology and methods for transferring recombinant genes into plants has brought about significant advances in plant science. First, it has allowed investigation, using reporter genes, into the transcriptional regulation of plant genes-a key to the under- standing of the biochemical basis of growth and development in plants. Second, gene transfer technology has facilitated the molecular cloning, by tagging genomic sequences, of important genes (e. g. , homeotic genes) whose gene products control the normal pattern of growth and differentia- tion of plants. Third, overproducing foreign or endogenous proteins in plants can often lead to a better understanding of biochemical and physiological processes. Fourth, gene transfer technology has allowed the improvement of plant agricultural productivity. For example, plants have been engineered with improved viral resistance or the ability to withstand herbicide attack, therefore allowing a more effective use of herbicides to kill weeds. Fifth, there have been recent successes that demonstrate the potential use of plants as biotechnological chemical factories. For example, it is possible to use plants in the production of human antibodies and antigens of medical importance. It has been demonstrated recently that plants can be engineered to produce modified oils and even plastics! This paves the way to redirect agriculture from the production of surplus foods to the production of bio- technological products of industrial importance.

Publisher: Humana Press Inc.
ISBN: 9780896033214
Number of pages: 466
Weight: 1 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
Edition: 1996 ed.


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The chapters were written by outstanding scientists and [the book] can be recommended to any laboratory working with plants, providing tips and alternatives in case of problems. -Journal of Plant Physiology

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