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Molecular biology, plant and animal body structure, biochemistry and nutrients technology are all lined. the present prestige of meals caliber is analysed and the applying of biotechnology to enhance caliber

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The pectin-hydrolyzing enzyme, polygalacturonase (PG) is expressed in tomato only during ripening. PG becomes abundant during ripening and has a major role in cell wall degradation and fruit softening. , 1988). The constitutive synthesis of PG antisense RNA results in a substantial reduction in the level of PG mRNA and the enzymatic activity of ripening fruit. An evaluation of several independent transformants demonstrated that the presence of the antisense RNA was accompanied by up to a 90% reduction in PG activity in red ripe fruit.

91. C. , Diebler, G. H. 1973. Characterization of Monellin, a protein that tastes sweet. J. Biol. Chem. 248:534. U • BIOTECHNOLOGY Senauer, B. 1986. Economics and nutrition. " p. 46. C. R. T. 1986. Engineering herbicide tolerance in transgenic plants. Science 233:478. , Kramer, M. R. 1988. Reduction of polygalacturonase activity in tomato fruit by antisense RNA. PNAS In press. M. and Krebs-Smith, J. 1986. Variety in Foods. " p. 126. C. , Schuch, W. and Grierson, D. 1988. Antisense RNA inhibition of polygalacturonase gene expression in transgenic tomatoes.

These projections may or may not prove to be true. However, there is one projection about which I am most confident, and this projection will have major impact not only on the subject matter of this symposium but on almost all aspects of the quality of human life. This projection is that biology is emerging as the dominant science and during this thirty-year period will not only be the dominant science but will also drive the innovative process as engineering, chemistry, and physics did for most of the 20th century.

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