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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2007 Apr;18(2):115-20. Epub 2007 Mar 13.

GM maize from site-specific recombination technology, what next?

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Plant Gene Expression Center, USDA-ARS and University of California at Berkeley, 800 Buchanan Street, Albany, California 94710, USA.


The term plant genetic engineering has long conveyed a highly efficient and precise process for the manipulation of plant genomes. For nearly two decades, research on recombinase-based applications has steadily advanced the surgical capabilities of plant genome rearrangements. Once considered interesting laboratory exercises, a first crop plant derived from this type of DNA acrobatics is heading to market. Originally configured for a specific application, to remove a selectable marker, it could be the first of more to come - and not just market-free plants.

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