If you are lucky enough to ever have received flowers on Valentine’s Day you are playing a role in the agricultural sector called Horticulture: Horticulture is the industry and science of plant cultivation including the process of preparing soil for the planting of seeds, tubers, or cuttings…etc
We all know that scientists are mixing and matching genes to make brilliant corn plants for our fields that ward off pesky bugs or to make wonderful bean plants that are resistant to important herbicides that kill off pesky weeds.
But what are these brilliant scientists doing in Horticulture to bring you even more spectacular flowers than mother nature can provide? Who would have guessed that your flower bed could be a product of genetic engineering?!
Even more amazing, that the same technology bringing us super purple petunias, could be life-saving (or at least life-altering!!) as well!
NOVA has the answer.
For more information/the longer 14 minute version go to: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/rnai.html.