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Plant Biotechnology Manager #1131

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Plant Biotechnology Manager #1131

This plant biotechnology manager got her first microscope as a fifth grader and has been immersed in science ever since. From her high school chemistry class to the lab at an international seed corn company, she still begins every experiment with a hypothesis.

This research scientist develops ways to genetically transform corn. Transformation is putting a foreign gene into a corn cell, integrating it into the plant’s genetic profile. For instance, her work may result in a new line of seed corn that is resistant to a particular insect or disease. Transformation changes the genetic makeup of a corn plant, which could increase the yield and quality of a corn crop. When she began her career as a researcher in 1986, this process was not possible in corn.

She utilizes genetic engineering technologies to produce better corn via genetic enhancements. She and scientists like her have played a major role in the development and use of biotechnology for agriculture.

She encourages students interested in research to get lab experience and be persistent with experimentation. Sometimes success takes time!

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