Looking at oil palm’s genome for keys to productivity

argylesock says… This is interesting science which could be enormous. The papers in the journal Nature are descriptive. They don’t offer a design for genetic modification (GM, also called genetic engineering). But the data published there opens that possibility for the oil palm, alongside the possibility of marker-assisted selection (MAB). As Carl Zimmer points out here, any kind of breeding that makes oil palms oilier could have huge consequences on the land.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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