Bayer Completes Genome Sequencing of Rapeseed
News Oct 19, 2009
"This will allow us to speed up our current research and breeding programs so that these will bring new technology and better products to growers much sooner," said Bart Lambert, the Company's Head of Research for Oilseeds.
Bayer, in a press release, said that "the sequences provide an excellent discovery tool for mining novel genes and pathways and serve as references for the re-sequencing of relevant breeding lines used in advanced molecular breeding applications." The company compared the sequence data sets of an elite Bayer CropScience Brassica napus line, provided by Dutch Keygene N.V. and the University of Queensland, with the genomes of Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea, provided by the Beijing Genomics I nstitute-Shenzhen.
Scientists at McGill have found the answer to a question that perplexed Charles Darwin; if natural selection works at the level of the individual, fighting for survival and reproduction, how can a single colony produce worker ants that are so dramatically different in size – from “minor” workers to large-headed soldiers with huge mandibles – especially if they are sterile?
Scientists have developed a successful method to make truly personalized predictions of future disease outcomes for patients with certain types of chronic blood cancers. The study combined extensive genetic and clinical information to predict the prognosis for patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms.
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