|MadSci Network: Genetics|
plant are changed to take on other plants characteristicts how Hi Sam, People who work in agriculture have always been interested in improving their crops. The first type of manipulations were done by replanting the "best" seeds from the harvest, then by crossing the plants in the crop which had the characteristics that were preferred, and now plants can be improved through the use of genetic engineering. I did a quick search on the internet and found several places which describe in detail how the characteristics (as in genes) of one plant can be transferred to another. I encourage you to browse through the sites below: Don Schaffner, (biotechnology and agriculture) http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/dec98/912728353.Ag.r.html Monsanto (what is food biotechnology) http://www.biotechknowledge.com/primer/primer.html Michael Onken, (making glowing plants) http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/dec97/878071719.Ge.r.html (inserting DNA into cells) http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/may97/864507142.Ge.r.html Jack Paxton, (what is biotechnology) http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/mar97/854955209.Gb.r.html Sorry for the delay in responding to your question- I hope you find your answer in the above sites! Evelyn
Try the links in the MadSci Library for more information on Genetics.