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Cell-Free DNA Drives Liquid Biopsy Testing
Researchers Are Diligently Finding Ways to Use Scraps of cfDNA in Clinically Relevant Ways
Raising the Bar of Cell Line Authentication
Researchers May Be Slow to Implement Protocols Unless They Are Pressured
Optical DNA Mapping Identifies Disease-Causing Mutations
Bionano Saphyr Spots Inversions and Large Deletions in Genomes
Genetically Modified Flower Power
Agricultural scientists in Japan recently engineered a strain of rice that will only flower several weeks after being sprayed with oryzemate, a common agricultural antifungal. They achieved this by overexpressing the flower-suppressing gene Ghd7 and then modifying the florigen gene Hd3a to activate in response to certain agrochemicals.
This represents a new avenue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that could potentially maximize crop yield by selecting the ideal harvest times. However, this lock-and-key approach could also be used to create GM crops with proprietary flowering agents.