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Robert Hand studies a chart of the relation of gold prices to Mercury. Scientific breakthrough may yield better plants NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Scientists have, for the first time, genetically engineered the parts of plant cells where photosynthesis occurs. Rutgers University researchers said they have introduced genetically genetically altered material into the cnlor- oplasts of a tobacco plant, whose seeds produced plants that carried the same traits. Photosynthesis occurs in cnlor- oplasts, the tiny structures in plant cells that contain chlorophyll. Photosynthesis Photosynthesis is the process by which plants make food and capture the sun's energy. "We now have this tool to genetically genetically improve photosynthesis, to make it more efficient," said Pal Maliga, the director of Rutgers' research research team. Improved photosynthesis could eventually make for bigger and sturdier plants that could more ef- ficiently produce food in a shorter amount of time, Milaga said. Scientists in other parts of the country hailed the Rutgers finding as a breakthrough. "It certainly is a first in higher plants," said Milton Zaitlin, the director director of the biotechnology program at Cornell University in Ithaca, N. Y. "It's a major breakthrough," said Richard Hallick, a biochemist at the University of Arizona. "It's something something that has been sought for at least a decade." The results of the experiment were reported Thursday in The Proceedings Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a scientific journal. Photosynthesis is fundamental to all plant and animal life because it provides the carbohydrates to power (See Plants, Page 11)

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 03 Nov 1990, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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