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  •  Agrobacterium DNA Inserts Randomly Into The Plant (0+ / 0-)

    Wow I'm going to have to do some diaries about basic science.  Yikes I mean this is 50 year old stuff.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Agrobacterium is a genus of Gram-negative bacteria .. that uses horizontal gene transfer to cause tumors in plants. Agrobacterium tumefaciens is the most commonly studied species in this genus. Agrobacterium is well known for its ability to transfer DNA between itself and plants, and for this reason it has become an important tool for genetic engineering.

    The Agrobacterium genus is quite heterogeneous. Recent taxonomic studies have reclassified all of the Agrobacterium species into new genera, such as Ruegeria, Pseudorhodobacter and Stappia, but most species have been reclassified as Rhizobium species.

    The plasmid T-DNA is integrated semi-randomly into the genome of the host cell.....The T-DNA carries genes for the biosynthetic enzymes for the production of unusual amino acids, typically octopine or nopaline.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 08:02:49 AM PDT

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