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Plant biotechnology

Zinc fingers on target

The existing methods of creating genetically modified plants are inefficient and imprecise. Zinc-finger technology offers the prospect of opening up a swifter and more exact route for crop improvement.

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Figure 1: Site-specific endogenous gene modification with zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs).
Figure 2: Use of ZFNs to modify plant genes.


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Porteus, M. Zinc fingers on target. Nature 459, 337–338 (2009).

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