Rice biologists get new gene tools
The first resource, officially launched by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the meeting, is the Rice Knowledge Bank, a freely available database of information on topics such as pest management and the transplantation of hybrid rice.
The second resource is a supply of microarrays — which helps scientists to locate genes for particular traits — containing 54,000 predicted rice genes. The Beijing Genomics Institute, which has sequenced a subspecies of rice, said it would supply the microarrays to IRRI and Yale University in the United States.
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Reference: Nature: 419, 330 (2002)