New eBook from HowPlantsWork – “Plant Trek: To Boldly Go Where No Plant Has Gone Before”

cover_200On the Past, Present & Future of Plant Genetic Engineering

Why would anyone want to insert foreign genes into plants?

When and where was this technology invented? And how does it work?

Who makes money from this technology?

If you grow genetically-engineered crops in the field, won’t the foreign genes escape into the wild?

If you collect seeds produced by genetically-engineered plants, who owns the seeds?

Is it possible for you to make your own genetically-engineered plants at home?

These and other questions regarding genetically-engineered plants are addressed in this new ebook from HowPlantsWork.

From the Forward of “Plant Trek”…..

Who is this ebook for?

This book is intended for people who may be curious about plant genetic engineering, but who don’t want to read a long, technical textbook on the subject. (There are provided, however, ample links to books and articles – and also to online resources – for further reading.)

If you’re looking for small “tastes” of information regarding various aspects of plant genetic engineering, then this little book maybe just the informational “snack” that you’re looking for.

Chapter Titles:
Where Do New Plants Come From?
How To Make A Transgenic Plant
Gene Guns, Terminators & Traitors
Farmaceuticals, Plantibodies & Edible Vaccines
Into The Wild (Do genetically-engineered plants “leak” transgenes into the environment?)
Are Genetically-Modified (GM) Plants Self-Replicating Inventions? (Legal implications of GM plants?)
Plant Trek -> The Next Generation
DIY Plant Genetic Engineering

What this ebook is….and isn’t.

This book started as a compilation of some blog posts. In linking these posts together, I found I needed (and wanted) to expand and update most of the information. So, what you have here is much more than just a bunch of copies of old web posts that you can already read online. What I’ve attempted to do is to provide readers with a “brief stroll” through the subject of plant genetic engineering and plant biotechnology.

The trail starts with a brief history of the subject, then spends a little time with how it’s done and how plant biotechnology has developed over the past 30 years. The path then branches off to brief side trips into the ecological and legal implications of this technology. At trail’s end, there’s a bit about where plant biotechnology may be headed in the future, including how plant biotechnology “hobbyists” may be getting into the act.

You can view and download a free PDF copy (9.6MB) of “Plant Trek” by clicking HERE.

(For further information about this free PDF version, and other forthcoming ePub and Kindle versions, please click HERE.)

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