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- xvi, 269 p. ; 22 cm.
- "First Fruit is a frank assessment of this revolutionary new technology, its benefits as well as its risks, and the multibillion dollar industry it engendered. Raising as many provocative questions as it answers, it serves as a cautionary tale for the dawning Biotech Age."--BOOK JACKET.Contents: 1. The Gleam in Management's Eye -- 2. Scientific Conception (amid Misconceptions and Controversy) -- 3. Virgin Territory: Plant Genetic Engineering and U.S. Regulatory Agencies -- 4. The Long, Hard Regulatory Labor: The Flavr Savr Tomato Advisory Opinion -- 5. Transition from a Science-Driven to a Business-Driven Enterprise -- 6. Overpromised, Underdelivered -- 7. Afterbirth -- Epilogue: The Aftermath.Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-258)Summary: "Amid the storm of controversy raging over insect-resistant corn, Roundup-Ready soybeans, and other "Frankenfoods," few people remember the humble tomato that gave birth to the brave new world of biotech food. First Fruit is the fascinating inside story of the rise and fall of the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically engineered whole food ever brought to market." "Former Calgene scientist Belinda Martineau chronicles the making of the Flavr Savr, from its conception to its ignominious demise. In the process she explains how genes are added to or, as in the case of the Flavr Savr, effectively switched off in plants through genetic engineering. She describes the experiments that not only convinced FDA regulators that the Flavr Savr tomato was "as safe as tomatoes bred by conventional means" but also paved the regulatory road for all the biotech foods that have followed."