Transgenic plants protected from insect attack

@article{Vaeck1987TransgenicPP,
  title={Transgenic plants protected from insect attack},
  author={Mark Vaeck and A. Reynaerts and H. H{\"o}fte and S. Jansens and M. D. Beuckeleer and C. Dean and M. Zabeau and M. Montagu and J. Leemans},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1987},
  volume={328},
  pages={33-37}
}
The Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis produces proteins which are specifically toxic to a variety of insect species. Modified genes have been derived from bt2, a toxin gene cloned from one Bacillus strain. Transgenic tobacco plants expressing these genes synthesize insecticidal proteins which protect them from feeding damage by larvae of the tobacco hornworm. 
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