Can random bits of DNA lead to safe, new antibiotics and herbicides?
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By Kevin M. Folta, Professor and Chair, Horticultural Sciences Department, Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Florida. Plants make proteins based on whatever genetic material you give them. Carl Davies, CSIRO, CC BY I was cutting my grass when the battery in my iPod died. Instead of enjoying the distraction of music,…