Transgenic Plants: Protein Quality Improvements

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With respect to human and animal nutrition, most seeds do not provide a balanced source of protein because of deficiencies in one or more of the essential amino acids in the storage proteins. Consumption of proteins of unbalanced composition of amino acids can lead to a malnourished state which is most often found in people inhabiting developing countries where plants are the major source of protein intake. Thus the development of a more nutritionally balanced protein for introduction into plants takes on extreme importance.