The Maize Full Length cDNA Project
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Arizona Genomics Institiute   ~   Arizona Genomics Computational Laboratory   ~   Stanford University 


      Launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Maize Full-length cDNA (FLcDNA) Project will, over the course of three years, determine the sequence of approximately 30,000 maize full-length complementary DNAs (cDNAs) and 360,000 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from a wide variety of maize tissue types. The project’s experimental approach will help scientists bridge the gap between genes and their functions in the maize plant.

      This project puts researchers in a better position to advance research in significant ways and produce safer, more productive transgenic plants.

      The prospect of plant engineering is often met with public concern about transgenic plants’ safety both to people and the environment. Here, we’ve tried to set out a neutral and balanced explanation of the science behind transgenic plants, ways to think about them scientifically, their pros and cons, and some useful links on the subject.

      To meet the humans involved with this project, click here.

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Site Index

How do maize FLcDNAs bridge the gap between gene & function? [ FLcDNA Tutorial ]
How can maize FLcDNAs advance research?     [ Why FLcDNA ]
WHAT is the science behind transgenic plants?     [ Transgenic Plants ]
- WHAT are transgenic plants and how are they created?     [ tpa ]
- CAN FLcDNAs help produce safer transgenic plants?     [ tpb ]
- HOW do transgenic plants benefit basic research?     [ tpc ]
- HOW do scientists think about transgenic plants?     [ tpd ]
- WHAT are the pros and cons of transgenic plants?     [ tpe ]
- WHAT are some examples of transgenic plants?     [ tpf ]
- WHO’s in charge of regulating transgenic plants in the U.S.?     [ tpg ]
WHAT is the Maize FLcDNA Project’s experimental approach?     [ Approach ]
PEOPLE: Meet the Investigators and Staff     [ People ]
GLOSSARY     [ Glossary ]
RESOURCES / LINKS     [ Resources ]

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