Wednesday, February 09, 2005

microbial soup alert

Here we show that several species of bacteria outside the Agrobacterium genus can be modified to mediate gene transfer to a number of diverse plants. These plant-associated symbiotic bacteria were made competent for gene transfer by acquisition of both a disarmed Ti plasmid and a suitable binary vector.

Wim Broodthaerts et al., "Gene transfer to plants by diverse species of bacteria," Nature 433, 629-33. Nature news story [subscription also required -- should pop up here eventually].

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