Patents and the future of GM?
Patents and the future of GM? An article in the journal Nature published on 10th Feb reports that a group of researchers have demonstrated that the ability to perform transfers of DNA from microbial cells to plant cells is not, restricted to Agrobacterium tumefaciens. When furnished with appropriately engineered DNA vectors a variety of Rhizobial species seem to be as potent a tool as Agrobacterium in the production of genetically modified plants. This offers the possibility of new approaches to the construction of genetically modified plants and may alter the commercial landscape and trajectories for a technology currently dominated by the patent portfolios of two large companies, Syngenta and Monsanto. Egenis Professor Steve Hughes wonders what the new research will do to open up the industry to the competition.
By Egenis, UK.