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New study shows that sweet potato is naturally transgenic

A new study of sweet potato genetics has demonstrated the “natural” transfer of DNA, mirroring the processes used by scientists to produce transgenic crops. In the study, which is published in PNAS , all of the 291 accessions of cultivated sweet potato tested contained one or more transfer DNA (T-DNA) sequences, implying that an  Agrobacterium  infection occurred further back...
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NC State receives grant to improve African sweet potatoes

North Carolina State University will receive $12.4 million over the next four years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve a crop that is an important food staple in sub-Saharan Africa – the sweet potato. The grant will fund work to develop modern genomic, genetic and bioinformatics tools to improve the crop’s ability to resist diseases and insects and tolerate drought...
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