Research centre set up to look at plant genetics

Research on the genetic make-up of tomatoes could feature in the inaugural programme of work for a new national centre set up to analyse the genes of plants, animals and microbes.

Based at the Norwich Research Park, the Genome Analysis Centre is financed by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council with contributions from local councils and economic development organisations. It will formally open in June.

A scientific advisory board will determine the exact projects for the centre to start work on but could include tomatoes to understand their anti-cancer properties. Lycopene, responsible for red pigment, is known to have a role in protecting against cancer and heart disease.


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