The Future

Since about 6000 bc, when the Sumerians and Babylonians in Mesopotamia produced alcoholic beverages, cheese, and other products, biotechnology has been part of our life and it will only increase in importance. Now, we are at a stage where plant and plant cell culture technology, which has taken big steps since Haberlandt's predictions in 1902 (88) about cultivation of plant tissue, is being combined with genetic engineering. Plants such as potatoes, alfalfa sprouts, and tomatoes can be genetically altered to produce the antigens for hepatitis B and cholera. The next step will be to introduce proteins involved in the biosynthesis of pharmaceuticals such as vinblastine, vincristine, or taxol in the appropriate host to produce the compounds mentioned on an industrial scale with plant cell cultures or microorganisms in bioreactors or by transgenic plants. To accomplish this goal, biosynthetic pathways need to be completely identified on gene, enzyme, and product levels. In particular, identification of factors involved in the regulation of the biosynthetic pathways seems an interesting approach that may lead to regulatory genes controlling the flux through a pathway. This will make possible the production of known or novel fine chemicals by plant cell cultures.

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