German Bioinformatics Start-Up wants to Change Studies of GMO Crops

05/11/2015 - 3 minutes

High-Tech Grüenderfonds (HTGF) has invested in a spin-off from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and University of Tübingen. Computomics’ has a pioneering agricultural project involving next generation sequencing (NGS) of GMO crops.

computomics-logoComputomics is the biotech which has caught HTGF’s interest. Based in Tübingen (Germany), this bio-informatics start-up tackle genomic analysis of agricultural products for researchers and plant breeders, to better improve yield and help innovate better characteristics for genetically-modified crops.

It broaches the field of de-novo genome assembly for crop sciences (amongst other methods and techniques). This is difficult to do in crop studies because plant genomes are far more complex than other organisms, due to polyploidy (mutiple genomes) of domesticated grains and food sources.

These include corn, soy bean, and canola etc. In fact, Computomics claim to be able to analyse genome sizes up to 22 Giga-base pair level (which is put in perspective when you know the Human Genome is only 3 Gbp).

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