Computer artwork of GM maize and DNA autoradiogram

Computer artwork of GM maize and DNA autoradiogram

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This image is part of the feature 50 Years Of Genetics Research

Credit: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Genetically engineered maize. Conceptual computer illustration of a DNA autoradiogram superimposed on a genetically modified (GM) corn cob. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the molecule which controls the development and growth of all living things. It is made up of two strands linked by a sequence of bases. Autoradiograms are a way of studying DNA which show the positions of DNA's bases as black bands. Corn, or maize (Zea mays), is a crop grown in the warmer parts of the world. Genetic engineering involves altering an organism's DNA to impart beneficial traits. In crops, these often increase resistance to diseases or protect the plants from weedkillers.

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Keywords: art, artwork, autoradiogram, biotechnology, genetic engineering, genetic engineering art, genetically modified food, genetics, gm, gm crop, gm food, gm maize, maize, maize art, sweetcorn, zea mays

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