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Apr 17, 2012

Genome Selection - USDA Promotes Using Statistics Instead of Gene Markers To Speed Up Development of GM Crops

On 17 April 2012 the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) announced that they had developed Genomic Selection (GS), a more efficient method to organize large quantities of data being generated by plant molecular studies.  This efficiency should assist in the process of improving crop varieties, especially with gene-modified (GM) crops.

GS was developed by Jean-Luc Jannink, at the USDA's ARS Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research Unit at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, in Ithaca, N.Y.  GS is currently being used in cattle breeding.  Jannick recommends that it be used with all genetic markers.

For more see:

O'Brien, Dennis. "A New Approach to Molecular Plant Breeding," Agricultural Research Services News, USDA, 16 April 2012.

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