(From Prakash: Father Leo is a rare individual – the only Jesuit priest that I know who is also a plant biotechnologist. Trained in Germany, he heads a lab at a small college in India that employs biotechnology in developing solutions to local problems in agriculture. He has also has trained over three decades many students and scholars. A celibate priest who understands the virtues of modern gene transfer that obviates the hassles of sexual crossing in plants.)
I am writing this response as a Jesuit plant breeder and a Jesuit Biotechnologist. Plant breeding is in principle modifying the existing genome of plants using various techniques. Genes have been modified by nature, plant breeders and, in recent years, by transgenic technology.