cascades of signal tranduction events, eventually leading to the activation of genes whose products antagonize pathogen development. It was clear at the colloquium that the advent of microarray gene expression technologies will greatly assist in inventorying these genes and those encoding microbial effector functions. Such technical advances and the conceptual realization of evolutionary commonalities have put scientists interested in diseases of plants and animals on a solid footing for future manipulation of the respective defense responses to minimize the threat of diseases.
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