Plant Cell Transformations

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Plant cells are transformed when they are brought into contact with needle-like materials carrying DNA.  A special grade of our Silar® silicon carbide whiskers is ideal for use in this application.  When contacted by the whisker, the cell is impaled.  The result is a breach in the cell wall which allows DNA previously bound onto the whisker surface to enter into the cell.  Biograde Silar® silicon carbide whiskers can be treated with DNA and used as messenger needles to transform plant cells.

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