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Develop method to study implication of vector insertion/ excision for endogenous DNA function in transgenic peas
Project Code: G01017
The project showed that inserting transgenic-DNA into a crop plant with a large genome has a negligible impact on the overall functioning of the plant, as judged by the levels of metabolites detected.
The effects of taking plants through tissue culture can be shown to diminish as successive generations of progeny plants are analysed. In practice, crop plants intended for commercial release have been through many rounds of selection to eliminate these effects.
Techniques developed in this project to survey plant metabolism could be useful in assessing the impact of introducing a transgene on plant performance. Thus, the project has made a valuable contribution to the exploration of techniques that may be of use in refining the safety assessment procedure. These, and other technologies, have been further refined in the G02 programme.
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