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New database tracks development of CRISPR-edited plants to spur biotech crop innovation

| March 12, 2019
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Recently developed gene editing tools, such as CRISPR / Cas, allow plant scientists to discover the functions of innumerable plant genes….[but] researchers first need a good way to track the increasing amounts of resulting data.

[R]esearchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute….have developed the Plant Genetic Editing Database (PGED) to be a central repository for efficiently managing data. of mutant plants, as well as to provide a platform to share data and mutants with the research community….

To help spread the word about the creation of the database, the researchers recently published a call for the submission of data to PGED in the journal Molecular Plant .

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“We have used CRISPR / Cas to make more than 430 different varieties, and that is only in tomato. The main problem initially was how to track all of them, so that was the main motivation behind the creation of the database, “says Greg Martin of BTI, who co-authored with Zhangjun Fei of BTI….

[Editor’s note: This article was published in Spanish. This summary was prepared with Google Translate and edited for clarity.]

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