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Flavr Savr Final

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Alec laflamme

on 16 November 2012

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The Flavr Savr Tomato why was it modified? Was it successful? where there side effects? How did scientists modify the tomato? What is an Antisense gene?

- an anti sense gene is a gene which produces RNA

The act of transferring a gene form one organism to another, means that the Flavr Savr is a transgenic organism. The Flavr Savr's safety evaluation was completed on may 17 1992 and it had been approved by the FDA.

The FDA also stated that special labeling for this tomato wasn't a requirement because they still had the basic essential characteristics of a non genetically modified tomato. The modifications on the tomato were completed and it finished its testing for commercial use. Unfortunately the tomato was unable to actually achieve a higher profitability Due to the side effect that caused a loss in strength of the tomato. However... someone decided to make a tomato paste that used the same modifications as the Flavr Savr. This tomato paste actually was extremely successful because it cut production costs by 20%. It also sold 1.8 million cans between 1996 to 1999. At one point this tomato paste outsold the regular tomato pastes until sales fell in November of 1998. The people who benefit most are farmers who get to sell and transport their produce for longer periods of time. People who live farther away will also benefit because the tomato can arrive on time before it rots. no significant threat to the environment or society. If it weren't for the side effect causing the tomato to become unusually soft, the Flavr Savr would have definitely been a great improvement to to farming industry. Only one modification...


- easier to harvest
- can travel farther
- last longer on store shelves before rotting and being thrown away Scientists were successful in delaying the plant to rot but it caused another unwanted side effect that caused the tomato to become unusually soft.

- this side effect made the tomato harder to transport successfully, and unfortunately was the reason that this tomato was unable to make a profit. ? How was it modified? In order for scientists to achieve their goals, they had
to take anti sense gene, and implant it into the tomato. Modification Detailed Who Benefits? What is The FDA? FDA means US food and drug administration. they Assure public safety by assessing the dangers of different foods and drugs.
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