First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr Tomato and the Birth of Genetically Engineered Food

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McGraw-Hill, Jan 1, 2001 - Science - 269 pages
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In 1994 a little California biotech startup called Calgene introduced the Flavr Savr TM tomato, the first genetically engineered whole food ever brought to market, and laid the groundwork for the entire agricultural biotechnology industry.In a fast-paced narrative full of colorful characters, surprising twists and turns, and several eye-opening revelations, Belinda Martineau chronicles the story behind the making of the Flavr Savr TM , from its conception, through its much-heralded introduction to market, and its ignominious disappearance. As a member of the Calgene team that developed the Flavr Savr TM and secured its regulatory approval, Martineau underwent a transformation from an enthusiastic believer in biotechnology’s promise to a battle-weary skeptic. Her account serves as a cautionary tale for the biotech age, offering a revealing look at how the science of genetic engineering is actually done, how corporate decisions are really made in biotech startups, and how the regulatory system in the U.S. does and doesn’t work.Most importantly, First Fruit goes beyond the polarized debate currently surrounding genetically modified foods to illustrate both the benefits and the risks of this new technology.

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Contents

Scientific Conception amid Misconceptions
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Plant Genetic Engineering
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Transition from a ScienceDriven to
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Belinda Martineau, Ph.D. has been granted patents for four inventions with genetically engineered components. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard University and her doctorate in genetics from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Calgene, Inc., in 1988, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago.

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