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  • The genome of cultivated sweet potato contains Agrobacterium T-DNAs with expressed genes: An example of a naturally transgenic food crop

    Among 291 tested accessions of cultivated sweet potato, all contain one or more transfer DNA (T-DNA) sequences. These sequences, which are shown to be expressed in a cultivated sweet potato clone (“Huachano”) that was analyzed in detail, suggest that an Agrobacterium infection occurred in evolutionary times. One of the T-DNAs is apparently present in all cultivated sweet […]

  • Golden Rice is a 2015 Winner of the US Patents for Humanity Award

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have announced the winners of the 2015 recipients of thePatents for Humanity Award, among them the Golden Rice Project. Patents for Humanity is a USPTO program that recognizes patent owners and licensees working to improve global health and […]

  • What does ‘natural’ actually mean? New plant science panel live Q&A

    Sense About Science is hosting a live Q&A in which it takes questions on people’s assumptions and misconceptions about what ‘natural’ really means. Are some foods more natural than others? Are the herbal medicines sold in health food shops really ‘all natural’? What would our countryside be like if we had never used artificial pesticides […]


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