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Navigating the regulatory landscape for agricultural products

Terry Stone has worked in agricultural products for almost 30 years and has experience in both research and regulatory affairs. He is currently President, TB Stone Solutions. He was previously Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Programs for Agrinos, where he worked with industry associations in the US and the EU to develop a regulatory framework for plant biostimulants. We spoke to him about his work.

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Excellence in Breeding: developing breeding programs in Africa and South Asia

Kelly Robbins is Assistant Professor at Cornell University. He started his career in animal breeding and later went on to work as a quantitative geneticist at a large private seed company. We spoke to him ahead of his presentation at the 7th Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress: USA.

I came to Cornell University as director of a large project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called the Genomic Open-Source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBII for short).

With the cost of sequencing rapidly declining, it seems inevitable that routine of genomic information in breeding programs in Africa and South Asia will become more prevalent. However, there are certain capabilities, tools, and technologies that need to be in place to be able to exploit this type of information effectively and use it to drive higher rates of genetic gains.

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How CRISPR will guide the way to better cancer therapies

This article was originally published on Open Targets and is republished with kind permission.

For many cancers we don’t have an effective treatment option, and worse still, a lot of the therapies that we use are just not good enough. We need better cancer therapies, and we need them now.

The reason we need new therapies is actually the reason why I got into cancer research. It goes back to when I was only 17 when my Mam was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). She went through her treatment, chemotherapy, with another 12 patients, and unfortunately she was the only one who survived.

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Improving crop production through understanding the soil microbiome

Sarah Strauss is a soil microbial ecologist at the University of Florida. Her interests lie in understanding the interactions between soil microbes and crops, with the hope that improved understanding will benefit crop production.

We spoke to her about her work ahead of her presentation at the 4th Partnerships in Biocontrol, Biostimulants & Microbiome Congress: USA.

The interactions between soil microbes and plants are still very much uncharted territory, which makes it an exciting area of study. This is especially the case for the interactions between soil microbes and crops in agricultural systems. For example, we know that there are bacteria and fungi that can influence plant growth or soil nutrient availability, but most of those studies have been done with only a few plant species or under very specific growing conditions. Much of my research is looking at what interactions are occurring between specific crops in field conditions – and how those interactions might differ based on specific conditions or crops in a farmer’s field.

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The Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress Presentation Slides

Following the Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress: Europe, we have made the following presentation slides from Ana Atanassova, Ian Bancroft, Nigel Halford and Kim Hammond-Kossack available.

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Increasing plant protein digestion in an in vitro model

Population increases and patterns of consumption will put pressure on animal protein supply and price over the coming decades. Plant proteins are a viable alternative, but have a lower digestibility then animal proteins.

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The Liquid Biopsy Workflow

Anders Stahlberg works both in the academic setting as Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg and in the clinical setting at Clinical Genetics & Genomics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Together with his colleagues, this means all aspects of circulating cell-free tumour DNA are covered; from basic science and development, understanding why and how liquid biopsies should be undertaken, to clinically focused questions that the patient will hopefully benefit from.

Ahead of the Liquid Biopsies Congress later this year, we spoke to him about his work.

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Microbiome R&D & Business Collaboration Forum presentation slides

Following the Microbiome R&D & Business Collaboration Forum, we have made the following presentation slides from Karoline Faust, Dirk Hadrich, Lesley Hoyles & Jos Seegers available.

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