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Uzbekistan scientists received a patent for gene-knockout technology

Egypt and the Russian Federation issued a patent to scientists of Uzbekistan for knockout (switching off) of cotton genes technology, the press service of the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics of the Academy of Sciences reports.

This fact is another recognition of advances in high technology. Notable, not all countries can develop modern molecular technologies and the fact that our scientists have received a patent for a modern innovative technology abroad indicates a huge potential. Earlier, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a document for this project.

Our scientists developed the technology in 2008, and further research with state support led to the creation of high-yielding, early ripening, long-fiber, drought- and salt-resistant biotech cotton varieties of the Porlock series based. The technology made it possible to simultaneously improve several agronomically valuable cotton traits, which was not yet in the world history of plant breeding and genetic engineering.

Porlock fiber is sold at 12 percent more than conventional varieties, and there is high demand for them in the global market. In 2018, the seeds of this variety were planted on an area of ​​more than 60 thousand hectares in the country.

                                                                                  Khakim Azizov.

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