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  Can FLcDNAs Help Produce Safer Transgenic Plants?  

      Knowing the FLcDNA for a particular protein product allows scientists to create transgenes that can be inserted into new plants in order to increase production of that protein product. Typically, the protein product will be something that makes the plant more productive, more nutritious, more pest-resistant. But it could also be something that can be extracted and used as a medicine.

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  WHAT are transgenic plants and how are they created?
  CAN FLcDNAs help produce safer transgenic plants?
  HOW do transgenic plants benefit basic research?
  HOW do scientists think about transgenic plants?
  WHAT are the pros and cons of transgenic plants?
  WHAT are some examples of transgenic plants?
  WHO's in charge of regulating transgenic plants in the U.S.?

      By using FLcDNAs as transgenes, researchers reduce the risk that an unexpected - and potentially unwanted - protein will be produced by the transgenic plant. That's because FLcDNAs (unlike the genes from which they are derived) have already had their introns removed and therefore shouldn't be subject to alternative splicing. So a transgenic insert designed from an FLcDNA should produce only the desired protein and no others. Golden rice is one example of a transgenic plant that was designed using an FLcDNA for the carotenoid gene found in daffodils.

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