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A scientist is trying to engineer a plasmid for purposes of genetically modifying crops.
Which of the following is the MOST appropriate first step in the process?
Identify the gene of interest that will confer a benefit in the genetically modified crop.
Cut both the plasmid and the gene with the same restriction enzyme.
Use ligase to anneal the gene in the bacterial chromosome.
Select the bacteriophage that will be used as a vector for gene delivery.