Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a broad discipline in which biological processes, organisms, cells or cellular components are exploited to develop new technologies. New tools and products developed by biotechnologists are useful in research, agriculture, industry and the clinic.

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  • News & Views |

    Evidence for at least one protein product from 80% of all mouse genes is reported in a comprehensive proteomic analysis of 41 adult mouse tissues. Comparison of tissue profiles between mouse and human suggests that the fundamental biology of this important model organism is even more different from our own than we thought.

    • Leonard J. Foster
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    The use of association studies to identify candidate genes for complex biological traits in plants has been challenging due to a reliance on single reference genomes, leading to missing heritability. Graphical pangenomes and the identification of causal variants help overcome this and provide an important advance for crop breeding.

    • David Edwards
    •  & Jacqueline Batley
  • News & Views |

    A cost-effective, high-throughput fibre-based food packaging approach using non-toxic, biodegradable biopolymer materials offers a strategy to considerably increase food safety and security while minimizing food waste.

    • Yi Wang
    • , Jaya Borgatta
    •  & Jason C. White
    Nature Food 3, 402-403
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    Most plant hormone sensors, including the abscisic acid receptor PYR1, function through chemically induced dimerization. Using computationally designed libraries of PYR1, we created high-affinity receptors for 21 structurally diverse ligands, setting the stage for large-scale small-molecule biosensor development