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Clonal gametes enable polyploid genome design

Many plant products eaten daily in human diets — such as potato or banana — are polyploid and are notoriously difficult to breed. In this study, the fusion of clonal gametes from distinct diploid tomato parents is used as a blueprint for the design of polyploid genomes in crops.

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Fig. 1: Polyploid genome design in hybrid tomato plants.


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This is a summary of: Wang, Y. et al. Harnessing clonal gametes in hybrid crops to engineer polyploid genomes. Nat. Genet. (2024).

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Clonal gametes enable polyploid genome design. Nat Genet 56, 1045–1046 (2024).

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