News FocusINTERNATIONAL BOTANICAL CONGRESS MEETING

New Ways to Glean Medicines From Plants

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Science  27 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5432, pp. 1347-1349
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5432.1347

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ST. LOUIS-- Among the developments featured at the XVI International Botanical Congress, held here early this month, were two new approaches for getting plants to serve as protein factories. In one, plant roots were induced to secrete the proteins, while another used tobacco mosaic virus to ferry new genes into plants.

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