Saturday, March 25, 2006

Science Saturday IV: Oh You Sweet Thing

A team at the University of Delaware has developed a video animation to demonstrate the process of developing a transgenic plant.

When an extra piece of DNA is inserted into the native DNA of a plant, the resulting plant is referred to as transgenic. The animation demonstrates the steps that are commonly used to create transgenic plants, in this case, a sweeter tomato.

The animation is a way to take a complex biological process taking place at the molecular level that is not visible and show the process "live."

The animation can be viewed here.

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