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July 2001
The Deep Waters of Genetic Engineering Flow into the World of Wine
by Scott Ferguson
 Reports that genetic researchers made a breakthrough in developing a grapevine resistant to Pierce's Disease rippled across the country last month, shifting the debate over genetic engineering into the world of wine. A patent for the use of genes resistant to Pierce's Disease was issued last month to University of Florida researchers and the US Department of Agriculture. The technique involves adding to grapes a synthetic version of a gene that silkworm larvae use to kill bacteria and fung...
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