Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

KeyGene to Perform Marker Research for Biofuel Developer D1 Oils

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - KeyGene said yesterday that it has entered into a two-year molecular genetics research collaboration with biodiesel producer D1 Oils.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, D1 gains exclusive rights to molecular services carried out by KeyGene on Jatropha curcas, an oilseed tree that grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions and produces high yields of inedible vegetable oil that can be refined into biodiesel.
 
KeyGene is using its genetic fingerprinting technology to identify different Jatropha cultivars through genetic markers. According to the company, this technology could “significantly” increase the efficiency of D1's breeding program.
 
D1 plans to develop high-yielding Jatropha seeds and seedlings, which it will supply to a joint venture with BP, called D1-BP.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

The Scan

Single-Cell Sequencing Points to Embryo Mosaicism

Mosaicism may affect preimplantation genetic tests for aneuploidy, a single-cell sequencing-based analysis of almost three dozen embryos in PLOS Genetics finds.

Rett Syndrome Mouse Model Study Points to RNA Editing Possibilities

Investigators targeted MECP2 in mutant mouse models of Rett syndrome, showing in PNAS that they could restore its expression and dial down symptoms.

Investigators Find Shared, Distinct Genetic Contributors to Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma

An association study in JAMA Network Open uncovers risk variants within and beyond the human leukocyte antigen locus.

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.