Wageningen UR invests in DNA mapping
Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) is investing in 'second
generation' equipment for DNA sequencing. With the purchase of a new genome
sequencer, the university can determine the entire DNA structure of plants,
animals and micro-organisms on a much larger scale.
The new genome sequencer
placed at the Bioscience business unit of Plant Research International. This
institute was part of the global research network that first charted and
published the complete DNA (the genome) of a plant. Solve new
Wageningen UR expects to be able to read DNA 500 times
faster with the new equipment and will work together with the equipment
manufacturer to further develop analysis protocols.
development in DNA sequencing technology will solve new research issues,
especially with regard to the relationship between DNA base sequences and the
resulting traits of an organism. It will also be possible to compare the entire
DNA of plant and animal species and varieties. The resulting knowledge will lead
to more efficient and faster work processes in the (plant) breeding sectors and
will also be used for white bio-technology and ecological research.
is expected that the new equipment will be in service in December this year.
Wageningen UR Plant Research
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