Luisa Trindade, of the Plant Breeding chair group, worked with French and Chinese researchers to develop a new DNA analysis procedure. The new analysis is more precise than standard DNA techniques, even when used on one thousand times less DNA. Trindade’s research team published the new analytical procedure in this week’s Nature Methods.
This new method enables the researchers to make a good analysis of small numbers of stem cells and tumour tissue in the early stages. This is of particular relevance to French cancer researchers in Strasbourg. But the method is also suitable for making DNA analyses of small pieces of plant and animal tissue, for example to establish which plant genes are responsible for resistance to a fungus. The main benefit is that this has now been simplified. The Wageningen and French researchers have applied for a patent on the method.