CytoGenix Announces Collaboration with USDA Agricultural Research Service
News May 09, 2006
CytoGenix, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a formal Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
CytoGenix scientists will work with a team of USDA scientists led by Dr. Steven Olsen to develop synDNA™ vaccines against existing and emerging strains of the bacteria that causes brucellosis.
Dr. Olsen, Director of Vaccine Research for the Agricultural Research Service, USDA commented, "There remain reservoirs of brucella in wildlife within Yellowstone Park, and the potential for brucellosis infection is a serious threat to cattle ranchers in the region."
"For this reason, ARS has been conducting research to develop DNA vaccines for brucella infections for several years."
Dr. Malcolm Skolnick, CytoGenix Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to be working with Dr. Olsen and his team of scientists at USDA."
"ARS is a leader within the Federal government in the transferal and marketing of new technologies developed from its research laboratories."
"This CRADA is another example of our commitment to exploring the utility of synDNA™ technology in cooperation with governmental agencies."
In a new study in cells, University of Illinois researchers have adapted CRISPR gene-editing technology to cause the cell’s internal machinery to skip over a small portion of a gene when transcribing it into a template for protein building. This gives researchers a way not only to eliminate a mutated gene sequence, but to influence how the gene is expressed and regulated.
Researchers published today a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world's most widely-cultivated crop. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.