Interesting preprint on the history of (human use of) Agrobacterium-mediated transformation.
The discovery, early study, and harnessing of this natural genetic engineer is one of the great triumphs of plant science, and the keystone of plant biotech: https://t.co/YWof6q62ri
... they collected lots of important, high-profile publications along the way, and together advanced the whole field of plant science. A great example of how research should be conducted! Read all about it here: https://t.co/yHo55GGczX
3) The 1977 discovery that Agrobacterium inserts a piece of DNA into plant cells triggered a race towards the first transgenic plant. It ended in 1983 with 4 labs publishing their plants. Who won the race? Here’s... A Short History of Plant Transformation https://t.co/yHo55GGczX
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The 1977 discovery that Agrobacterium tumefaciens inserts a specific piece of DNA into the plant cell genome triggered a race towards the first transgenic plant. Three groups were initially involved in the race, a fourth group entered later on. This race ended in 1983 with four labs publishing their own transgenic plant cell lines. This scientific breakthrough triggered the plant-biotechnology industry, and advanced the field of plant science like hardly any other. Who won the race? Here’s 'A Short History of Plant Transformation'.
Corrected some minor errors that were pointed out to me.