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GMODs and the Mosaic Virus

  1. Apr 29, 2008 #1
    What roll does the mosaic virus play in GMOD food?
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  3. May 2, 2008 #2


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    Tobacco mosaic virus is used to deliver genetic information to plants. I believe that the genetic information is in the form of a plasmid.
  4. May 2, 2008 #3
    It is my understanding that the mosaic virus is used to turn 'on' genes that a GMODer wishes to express. How does this happen?
  5. May 5, 2008 #4
    Ouch, viruses do not carry plasmids. You are confusing it with Agrobacterium tumefacies, an alpha-proteobacterium and its Ti-plasmid.
    A virus itself is a vector. Certain areas of the viral (RNA-)genome can be replaced with other sequences with a variety of function. This may include, but not be limited to fluorescent proteins for visualization and tagging or to use it as siRNA to shut down protein expression.
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